William Hugh Young

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William Hugh Young was born in Booneville, Missouri, January 1, 1838. His parents took him to Texas in infancy, and the family resided first in Red River, and later in Grayson, county. He received a good education at Washington College, Tennessee; at McKenzie College, Texas; and at the University of Virginia, which last he attended from 1859 to 1861. In September 1861 he returned to Texas and recruited a company for Confederate service. He was elected captain of this unit, which became part of the 9th Texas Infantry. After the battle of Shiloh he was promoted colonel of the regiment. He fought with great gallantry at Perryville, Murfreesboro (where he was wounded), in the Vicksburg campaign under Joseph E. Johnston (during which he was again wounded), and at Chickamauga, where he received yet another wound. In the Atlanta campaign the 9th Texas was in General M. D. Ector's brigade; at Kennesaw Mountain, Young suffered two more wounds but continued in command and was made brigadier general from August 15, 1864, to succeed Ector after the latter was disabled. On the subsequent march into Tennessee General Young's left foot was all but shot off during the attack on the Federal forts at Allatoona, Georgia, and he fell into the hands of the enemy. He was not released from Johnson's Island, Ohio, until July 24, 1865. After that time he was a prominent lawyer and real estate operator in San Antonio, Texas, until his death on November 28, 1901. He is buried in Confederate Cemetery, San Antonio.

Ref: Generals in Gray, Lives of the Confederate Commanders by Ezra J. Warner.  Printed by Louisiana State University Press, Baton Rouge and London.

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