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Young, Samuel Baldwin Markslocked

(09 January 1840–01 September 1924)
  • Rod Paschall

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Young, Samuel Baldwin Marks (09 January 1840–01 September 1924), commanding general of the U.S. Army, was born in Forest Grove, Pennsylvania, the son of Captain John Young, an army officer, and Hannah Scott. Young’s reputation as an aggressive, dedicated soldier began in the American Civil War. After attending Jefferson College in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, he joined a group of ninety-day volunteers in that state’s Twelfth Infantry during the opening days of the conflict, in April 1861. When the regiment was mustered out of service in the summer, he returned home and raised his own company. Young received a commission and commanded this organization as its captain. It was later redesignated as a mounted unit, becoming a troop in the Pennsylvania Fourth Cavalry. In 1861 Young married Margaret McFadden. After a stint in the defenses of Washington, D.C., the captain and his troop were swept up in Major General ...

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