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Civil War Cdv Id'ed Capt. Harrison Young, 2nd Nh Infantry, Wounded 2nd Bull Run For Sale
You are offerding on a rare original carte-de-visite (CDV) photo of Captain Harrison DeForest Young, a volunteer Civil War army officer who served three years with the 2nd New Hampshire Infantry. He fought in some of the war's most notable and bloody battles, including Gettysburg, 1st and 2nd Bull Run (where he was wounded), and Cold Harbor. Photo:The CDV depicts a seated 1/2 view of Harrison Young wearing the dark blue coat of a Union officer, large buttons partially undone to reveal a military-style vest and possibly a watch fob, a collared white shirt, and a hint of a dark cravat. His pride in his rank is evident in the thick-bordered Captain's shoulder straps he wears. Combined with the biographical info below, this insignia dates the photo between August 1862 and June 1864. Harrison wears a short, carefully groomed hairstyle and gazes past the camera with light colored eyes and an intense expression on his youthful face. The verso displays the backmark of the photographer, Kimball, of Concord, NH. Records show numerous members of the Kimball family operating photography studios in Concord during the mid-1800s. Condition is as shown in the sale photos above.An identical image of Harrison Young appears in the official history of the 2nd New Hampshire Infantry, published in 1896 by Martin A. Haynes (see sale photos above). This definitively proves the CDV in this sale is Harrison Young.Soldier Biography:Harrison DeForest Young was born March 2, 1840 in Lancaster, New Hampshire, to a distinguished military family. His grandfather Samuel Young was a colonel in the Continental Army during the American Revolution, and his father Ira Young (b. 1794) was a prominent lawyer and a general of New Hampshire militia who participated in the Indian Stream conflict of the 1830s. Ira Young died in 1845 when Harrison was just 5 years old, leaving his mother Sarah (DeForest) Young to raise him, his older sister Mary, and his younger brother Richard.When the Civil War broke out in April 1861, Harrison, age 21, was the first man from his county to enlist. By May he was promoted to 2nd Lieutenant, and his regiment lost over 100 men killed, wounded, or captured at Bull Run, the first significant battle of the war. That battlefield would bring him still further tragedy. About a year later, in August 1862, Harrison and his regiment fought in the 2nd Battle of Bull Run, where he was wounded, 21 men of his regiment were killed, and more than 120 others wounded or captured. He had been promoted to Captain of Company A just nine days earlier.Harrison recovered from his wounds and continued to fight with the 2nd New Hampshire at key battles such as Fredericksburg, Gettysburg (where it suffered more than 200 casualties), and Cold Harbor. He also served as a staff officer, including chief ordnance officer, for prominent generals Joe Hooker, "Baldy" Smith, and Dan Sickles, with Sickles paraphrased as calling Harrison "an extraordinarily efficient and brave staff officer."Harrison left the army in June 1864, after his three-year enlistment term expired, but he was never able to put his war experiences behind him. Along with his own physical and mental wounds, his kid brother Robert, also a member of the 2nd NH, caught typhoid in the army and died in 1862, only 19 years old. Harrison himself suffered from malaria, hernias, and vision and hearing problems as a result of his wartime service. After the war, he married a woman named Francis and had three children, one of whom was seriously injured in a carriage accident and left paralyzed. He took a series of government jobs, first in the South and later in New York City. Harrison's wife died in 1882, and in 1885 he moved back to New Hampshire, working odd jobs for his former neighbors and drawing a veteran's pension of $24/month to support himself and his three young children. In 1891, his friends successfully petitioned on his behalf to increase his pension, describing Harrison as "almost a complete physical wreck" and "practically an invalid", yet "never whines or finds fault, but tries to fight the battle of life manfully." (Digital copies of these documents will be provided to the winning buyer.)Harrison Young died on March 4, 1903, aged 63 years, possibly in Fitzgerald, GA, though the records of his final years and burial place aren't conclusive.Please contact me with any questions and good luck offerding on this exciting piece of Civil War history.
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Civil War Cdv Id'ed Capt. Harrison Young, 2nd Nh Infantry, Wounded 2nd Bull Run: $100