Age: 23, credited to Colchester, VTVITALS
Birth: 1843, Saint Anthony, PQ, CanadaADDITIONAL INFORMATION
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Alexander Young of 324 State street, a Civil war veteran, died this morning at the North Adams hospital after a long illness from complications. He was taken to the hospital Sunday.
Mr. Young was 74 years of age, having been born in St. Hyacinthe, Canada in 1843. He came to this country in 1859, settling in Pittsford, Vt. At the outbreak of the Civil war he enlisted in Company F, 22nd N. Y. volunteer infantry, being mustered in Albany in May, 1861 for two years. He fought with the army of the Potomac under General McDowell. During this term of enlistment he fought in 12 different engagements and took part in both the first and second battles of Bull Run.
After being mustered out at the end of two years he returned to Vermont to regain his shattered health, but in September, 1864, he re-enlisted in the 2nd Vermont light artillery which was sent to New Orleans by water and then up the Mississippi to Port Hudson where it was engaged in patrol duty until the end of the war. During his first enlistment he was taken prisoner at Gattis Run, Va., and lived on "air and water' for three days according to his own memories of his war experiences. On the afternoon of the third day he received three-quarters of a cup of flour with no salt or any means of cooking it. However, he was soon paroled after undergoing great privation.
After the conclusion of the war he returned to Vermont and worked at various places there and in New York state before coming here in 1889. He was regarded as an upright citizen and engaged the esteem and respect of all who knew him.
He leaves his widow and seven children, Alexander, Jr., of Kansas City, Mo., George of North Adams, Napoleon of Rochester, NY, Mrs. Mary Lesage of this city, Mrs. Emma Macy of Holyoke, Arthur of this city and Frank of Pittsfield.
The funeral arrangements have not been completed.
Source: North Adams Transcript, Aug 4, 1916; contributed by Tom Boudreau.
Webmaster's note: Alexander Young served under the name of George Young. Pension record indices indicate he served in the 96th New York Infantry (vice the 22nd as the obituary indicates), as well as the 2nd Vermont Light Artillery. - tjl