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Confederate (CSV)


William Lafayette Young

(1839 - 1911)

Home State: Mississippi

Education: University of Mississippi

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 11th Mississippi Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

A 22 year old student at the University of Mississippi (Class of 1863), he enlisted as Private in Company A - the University Greys - 11th Mississippi Infantry at Camp Jones, VA on 5 September 1861. He was wounded at Seven Pines, VA on 1 June 1862 and was given a 60 day furlough.

On the Campaign

He was wounded by gunshot to the left arm in action at Sharpsburg on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He lost his arm below the elbow and was discharged for disability on 2 April 1863 at Blackwater River, VA.

After the War

He lived in Lexington, MS and was a teacher, school superintendent, and bank cashier. By 1900 he was a planter in Waverly, MS.

References & notes

His service from his Compiled Confederate Service Records via the Historical Data Systems database and the The University Greys.1 Details from the Catalogue of the Officers and Students of the University of Mississippi (1894), the Catalogue of the Delta Kappa Epsilon Fraternity (1900), and his obituary in the Confederate Veteran (November 1911). His gravesite is on Findagrave.

He married Florence Kennard (d. 1887) in 1885 and they had two children, but only his son Joseph Kennard Young lived to adulthood.


10/06/1839; Holmes County, MS


07/10/1911; Lexington, MS; burial in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Lexington, MS


1   Brown, Maud Morrow, The University Greys: Company A, Eleventh Mississippi Regiment, Army of Northern Virginia, 1861-1865, Richmond, VA: Garrett and Massie, Inc., 1940, pg. 78  [AotW citation 21348]