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 Samuel Baldwin Marks Young

Samuel Baldwin Marks Young

Birth
Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 1 Sep 1924 (aged 84)
Helena, Lewis and Clark County, Montana, USA
Burial Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA
Plot Section 3, Site 1852-A
Memorial ID 4918 · View Source
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Civil War Union Brevet Brigadier General, United States Army Lieutenant General. He began his remarkable fifty-three year military career as a volunteer Private in the Union Army during the Civil War, in 1861, and ended it as a Lieutenant General in 1904. Only days after the Confederate bombardment of Fort Sumter, South Carolina began the war, he enlisted in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and was mustered on April 25, 1861 as a Private in Company K, 12th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry. His regiment, which had future Union Army Major General Alexander Hays as its Major, and future Army of the Potomac brigade commander David Leasure as its Adjutant, served in guard and garrison duty in Maryland for three months before it was mustered out of service in August 1861. That summer he helped recruit what became the 4th Pennsylvania Volunteer Cavalry, and was commissioned as Captain and commander of Company on September 6, 1861. A combination of stellar field service and attrition of war would see him rise in rank, being promoted to Major on September 20, 1862, to Lieutenant Colonel on May 1, 1864, and finally to Colonel and commander of the regiment on June 25, 1864. He would lead his troopers through the various actions of the Siege of Petersburg through to the end of the war, being heavily engaged in the October 1864 Battle of Boydton Plank Road. He was brevetted Brigadier General, US Volunteers on April 9, 1865 for “gallant and meritorious services during the campaign terminating with the surrender of the insurgent army under General Robert E. Lee”. Honorably mustered out with his regiment on July 1, 1865, nearly a year later in May 1866 he accepted a commission of 2nd Lieutenant of the 11th United States Regular Infantry. Two months later, July 1866, he was promoted to Captain of the 8th United States Regular Cavalry. On the eve of the Spanish-American War he had rising to Colonel in the Regular Army. When that war began, he was commissioned first as a Brigadier General of Volunteers, then as Major General of Volunteers. He first commanded an infantry division during the July 1898 Santiago Campaign in Cuba, then as a Military Governor in the Phillinpines. Soon after he was was mustered out of Volunteer service he was promoted to Brigadier General in the Regular Army. He rose to Lieutenant General, and when the United States Army General Staff system was re-organized, he was appointed as the first Army Chief of Staff, a duty he served from 1903 until he retired in 1904.

Bio by: Russ Dodge



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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Samuel Baldwin Marks Young (9 Jan 1840–1 Sep 1924), Find A Grave Memorial no. 4918, citing Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .