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W.P. Young

W.P. Young

Confederate (CSA)

Assistant Surgeon

William Proby Young

(1834 - 1912)

Home State: District Of Columbia

Education: Columbian College (DC), Jefferson Medical College

Command Billet: Assistant Surgeon

Branch of Service: Medical

Unit: 4th Georgia Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

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.

On the 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 rest 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 & 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.


01/19/1834; Portsmouth, VA


1912; burial in 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]