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George Young papers

Collection number: ahc.MSS612f

Scope and Content

This collection contains information relating to the military service of George Young during the Civil War. Included are the pension applications he filed for himself and those filed on behalf of his widow, Sarah. Also included is a letter (October 31, 1862) from Young to his parents written during the war from Virginia. The letter describes the weather, an incident where "a man named Allan" accidentally shot off his fingers hunting crows, and the drafting of an "Uncle Snyder" who may have "procured a substitute" for himself before he joined. A photocopy of an article entitled "George Young: Forgotten Hero of Peach Tree Creek" was published in the March/April 1980 issue of North South Trader. It details Young's involvement in the battle, the injuries he suffered, and resulting health problems. The article also contains information on Young's post-war occupation. Also included are military papers such as vouchers and abstracts accounting for the loss of his horse at the Battle of Peachtree Creek and special orders appointing Young to various positions within his regiment.


  • 1862-1980


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. All requests to publish, quote, or reproduce must be submitted through the Kenan Research Center.

Administrative/Biographical History

George Young (1841-April 1,1909) was born in Parksville, Sullivan County, New York to ----- Hasbrouck and Edward Young. He enlisted as a private in Company H, 28th Infantry, New York Volunteers. He later served with Company A, 143rd New York Volunteers as a first lieutenant. He was promoted to captain in June of 1864. He was wounded in the leg at the Battle of Peachtree Creek on July 20, 1864 and was honorably discharge on October 26, 1864.

Following the war, Young went to Ellenville, New York, and worked in the foundry business. In 1873, he purchased a paper mill at Napanoch, New York, with partner Dillion B. Humphrey. He married Sarah Schoonmaker in 1875 and the couple had two sons: Chester Young (b. February 8, 1877) and George Young, Jr. (b. August 24, 1878). In 1884, he underwent surgery for the wound he suffered at the Battle of Peachtree Creek. Young was elected sheriff of Ulster County, New York, and served 1886-1888. Complications resulting from the war wound continued and his cause of death in 1909 was cited as "Gunshot wound, right tibia, chronic septic infection many years."


1 folder(s)



Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchase, 1992


America's Turning Point: Documenting the Civil War Experience in Georgia received support from a Digitizing Historical Records grant awarded to the Atlanta History Center, Georgia Historical Society, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, and the Digital Library of Georgia by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Description Control

This collection was re-processed in 2012.

George Young papers
Paul Crater
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Finding aid is written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Kenan Research Center at Atlanta History Center Repository

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