PHOTO AND DOCUMENT GROUP ID’D TO JOHN B. YOUNG, 5TH PENNSYLVANIA HEAVY ARTILLERY

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Lot contains two photos and two paper items identified to John B. Young of the 5th Pennsylvania Heavy Artillery.

The first item is a cabinet card sized portrait of Young as an older man. He wears a dark civilian suit, white shirt and bowtie. He is a very distinguished looking gentleman with neatly combed gray hair and a gray goatee. Image is in excellent condition and bears the imprint of E. W. BROWN of BEAVER, PENNSYLVNIA. Reverse has 20th Century pen inscription “JOHN B. YOUNG (ATTORNEY.)

The second piece is a print of the image described above with Young’s name printed below it. Print meas. approx. 7.50 x 9.75 inches and is in nice condition.

Next is a very large newspaper clipping showing the same image described above and giving the text of Young’s obituary. Despite being a newspaper clipping the item is in very good condition. Paper has browned with age.

The last item is a page torn from the Young family Bible showing the marriage of John to Anna Bocking of Dusseldorf, Prussia on December 13, 1860 in Phillipsburg, Beaver County, Pennsylvania. It also lists the birth of their children and their deaths. Page is nicely decorated on both sides with scrolls and floral designs.

His published obituary gives succinct information:

“John B. Young, 75 years old, member of an early pioneer family, school teacher, dealer in real estate, soldier in a local company of heavy artillery which went to the front during the Civil war, later a lawyer and up until the time of his death the oldest member of the Beaver County Bar Association, died at his home in Beaver yesterday, after a brief illness, the only sickness of his life. Attorney Young was born in the historic old town of Achor, Columbiana County, O., August 25, 1834. Early in life he was married to Miss Anna Bocking, daughter of Adolph and Mary Bocking, and moved to Beaver, where he lived for the remainder of his life.

At the opening of the Civil war he enlisted in Company H, Fifth Pennsylvania Heavy Artillery, serving his country through the entire four years of the war and returning to his native town after an honorable discharge. Then he resumed his law practice and the pursuit of politics, in which he always had a lively interest. During the war, he served under the late Captain Harry Hani and Colonel George H. Gallupe.

Subsequently he was elected district attorney and from time to time has held various municipal and county offices. He served many terms as burgess of Beaver and is among the last of the old school of practitioners.”

There needs to be a correction to the obituary. John Young enlisted in the 5th Pennsylvania Heavy Artillery at its inception in September of 1864. The regiment was assigned to the 22nd Corps in the Department of Washington, D.C. The regiment served in the forts around Washington until September 28th when it was detailed to guard the Manassas Gap Railroad. While on this duty the 5th had several skirmishes with Mosby’s men capturing a few along with four pieces of artillery. The regiment returned to the Washington forts at the end of October 1864 and a few days later was sent to winter camp around Vienna and Fairfax, Virginia. In the spring of 1865 they were sent to Manassas and reburied some 2000 men who since the 2nd Battle of Bull Run remained in shallow graves. The regiment was mustered out on June 30, 1865.

John B. Young died in Beaver, Pennsylvania on February 26, 1909 and is buried there in Beaver Cemetery and Mausoleum.  [ad]

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