PHOTO GROUP FOR A HARD FIGHTING 72ND NEW YORK MEDAL OF HONOR WINNER

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This group contains six different images of James Marvin Young who served in the 72nd and 120th New York Infantry. The images span a period of time from the 1860’s to the early 1900’s.

The first image in the group is a bust view CDV of Young in civilian clothes. He is shown in a dark suit sporting long sideburns and a mustache. The contrast is a bit light and the surface has a dusting of dirt but the image is clear. Reverse has a photographer’s imprint however the photographers name has been obscured by the removal of a tag or tax stamp.

The second image in the group was taken around the same time as the first but this is a full standing CDV of Young. He is posed by a chair and is wearing a dark suit similar to the one in the bust view described above. This image is also a little on the light side but it is clear. The paper of the image is torn in three or four places around the edge with the upper corners being “dog-eared.” There are also two creases in the image. One runs above Young’s head but the other runs through his left shoulder across his chest and through the right arm. There is also a vertical crease running from the bottom up to Young’s thigh. The reverse of this image is signed in ink “YOURS TRULY, JAMES M. YOUNG.” Part of the word “TRULY” is obscured by paper loss due to the removal of a tag.

The third image is another full standing CDV of Young but this one is in uniform. He is posed by a table on which a slouch hat rests. He wears a dark shell jacket and vest with light trousers. The image is clear with good contrast but again there are problems with the paper. There is some chipping around Young’s shoulder and the edge of his cheek as well as a good amount of surface dirt. The reverse has a period ink inscription that reads “MARVIN YOUNG” with scribbling underneath.

The next image present is a cabinet card bust view of Young later in life. He now has a full beard as opposed to his wartime mustache and long sideburns. The image is clear with good contrast. The photographer’s imprint along the bottom reads FENTON & ANDRUSS…Jamestown, N. Y. The reverse has an ink inscription that reads “JAMES M. YOUNG, JUNE 21ST 1888 AGE 45.” Again, a tag or a piece tape was removed from the reverse lifting off some of the paper and taking part of Young’s name with it. Card size is approx. 4.25 x 6.50 inches.

The fifth image in the group is a bust view cabinet card of Young with graying hair and only a mustache as opposed to the heavier beard of the previous image. He wears a dark suit and attached to his left breast is his Medal of Honor, a GAR Membership badge and a 3rd Corps badge with “B  72 NYV” in three lines at center. The image is clean and clear with good contrast. The photographer’s imprint across the bottom reads A. N. CAMP… JAMESTOWN, N. Y. The reverse is blank. Card size is approx. 5.00 x 7.25 inches.

The last image in the group is another cabinet card that shows Young in the uniform of a policeman. He wears a pillbox or conductor style cap with a number “3” surrounded by a wreath on the front. He also wears a heavy dark overcoat with Russian knots across the front and on his left chest is a badge that is shield shaped with a cut out five-pointed star at center. All that can be read on the badge is “JAMESTOWN, N.Y.” The photographer’s imprint at bottom is TIBBALS and FOWLER, JAMESTOWN, N. Y. Reverse is blank. Card size is approx. 7.00 x 9.00 inches.

With the photos are three newspaper articles. One talks of the Medal of Honor being bestowed upon Mr. Young years after the war and the other two are long obituaries.

James M. Young was born December 2, 1843 in Ellicott, Erie County, New York. He was 18 years old when he enlisted as a Private in Company B, of the 72nd New York on May 28, 1861 but he was not mustered in till the 20th of the following month.

In the obituaries printed in the paper the reporter noted that Mr. Young was most proud of never having missed a day of duty in the army. He said he was “always present.” With that in mind we know that Private Young saw action at Williamsburg, Fair Oaks, Glendale, White Oak Swamp, Malvern Hill, 2nd Bull Run, Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville. At Chancellorsville on May 3, 1863 Private Young was captured. He remained with the Rebs for two days before being paroled. According to his obituary Private Young did not return to duty till December 30, 1863 having to wait at Camp Parole, Maryland until exchanged. Just before returning to duty Young re-enlisted and became a veteran on Christmas Eve of 1863.

Young next saw action at the Wilderness where on May 6, 1864 he and two comrades volunteered to go forward into the woods to reconnoiter the Confederate positions. While doing this the group came under fire. One of Young’s comrades was seriously wounded and laid helpless on the field. Private Young rushed to the man, lifted him on his back and carried him safely to the Union lines. All the while he was under fire from the Confederates. For this action Young would receive his Medal of Honor in April of 1898.

The war continued and Young fought at the North Anna River, Cold Harbor and Petersburg. On June 23, 1864 Young was transferred to Company C, of the 120th New York with which he finished out the war seeing action in numerous small battles during the campaign. On June 2, 1865 Young was transferred again, this time to Company E, 73rd New York. He was mustered out at Washington on June 29, 1865.

After the war Young returned to Jamestown where he served as a Police Officer until his death on November 30, 1913. He is buried in Lakeview Cemetery in Jamestown.

This group is a timeline in photographs for one of the hardest fighting Union veterans we have encountered.

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