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W.P. Young
W.P. Young

Confederate (CSA)

Assistant Surgeon

William Proby Young

(1834 - 1912)
Home State: District Of Columbia
Command Billet: Assistant Surgeon
Branch of Service: Medical
Unit: 4th Georgia Infantry


Before the Antietam Campaign:
He had practiced medicine in a government insane asylum near Philadelphia and in Washington DC. He was Government Agent and physician on the Castillian, a ship transporting Africans to Liberia following their seizure from slave ships in 1860. He went south at the start of the War, and was appointed Assistant Surgeon of the 4th Georgia Infantry in Spring 1862.

In the Antietam Campaign:
Colonel Doles wrote that he "remained on the field after he was wounded, caring for the wounded, and fell into the hands of the enemy."

The remainder of the War:
He was promoted to Surgeon in July 1863, and was with the Regiment to Appomattox.

After the War:
He lived in Washington DC and practiced medicine and was in the insurance business.

References, Sources, and other notes:
Bio and service information, and the photograph above, from Thomas1. His life details from the History of the Medical Society of the District of Columbia (1909), online from Google Books. A reference to the American Colonization Society and the Castillian is online in an exhibit from the Mel Fisher Maritime Heritage Society. Dr. Young kept a diary on that voyage, which is at the Virginia Historical Society, Richmond.

Birth Date: 01/19/1834    Place of Birth: Portsmouth, VA    
College: Columbian College (DC), Jefferson Medical College    
Burial Place: Rock Creek Cemetery, Washington, DC


1   Thomas, Henry Walter, History of the Doles-Cook Brigade, Atlanta: Franklin Printing & Publishing Co., 1903, pp. 82-83  [AotW citation 2593]

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