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William Young

Civil War Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. He was born in New York. He entered the Union Navy at New York, New York. He served as a Boatswain's Mate. His citation reads "On board the USS Cayuga during the capture of Forts St. Philip and Jackson and the taking of New Orleans, 24 and 25 April 1862. As his ship led the advance column toward the barrier and both forts opened fire simultaneously, striking the vessel from stem to stern, Young calmly manned a Parrot gun throughout the action in which attempts by three rebel steamers to butt and board were thwarted and the ships driven off or captured, 11 gunboats were successfully engaged, and garrisons forced to surrender. During the battle, the Cayuga sustained 46 hits."

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  • Originally Created by: Don Morfe
  • Added: 15 Apr 2007
  • Find A Grave Memorial 18941938
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William Young (1835–26 Dec 1878), Find A Grave Memorial no. 18941938, citing Erie Cemetery, Erie, Erie County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .