YOUNG, JOHN L. (1838-1925) ~ John L. Young, Confederate Veteran, was born in June of 1838, in Nashville, Tennessee. Before the war, in 1860, he lived in a boarding house in Memphis, where he worked as a moulder reparing tin.
On August 7, 1861, Young mustered into the 18th Regiment of the Tennessee Volunteers under Captain A.J. McWhirter as a 2nd Corporal. His regiment formed at Camp Trousdale, Tennessee and from there they moved to Bowling Green, Kentucky and then on to Russelville, finally ending up at Fort Donelson. It was at Fort Donelson on February 16, 1862, that Young was captured and held as prisoner. He, along with the rest of his captured commrades, were moved to Camp Butler, near Springfield, Illinois. Young was able to escape on May 26, 1862, before the exchange and reorganization of his unit occurred. Believing that his service to his country was finished (he only enlisted for a 12 month period), Young never reenlisted nor reported back to his commanding officers. He is shown as a deserter on his muster rolls from October of 1863, when the unit consolidated to the 26th Regiment, to January 21, 1864. It is not known where Young fled to or lived from 1862 to 1877.
In 1878, he did come to Texas where he worked as a farmer. By 1910, Young is living with Doctors J.H. and Fannie Morrow as a boarder in Collin County, Blue Ridge, Texas. This may explain why Dr preceeds his name on his tombstone.
Young was moved to the Confederate Mens Home in Austin, Texas on December 19, 1915, and died there on April 11, 1925. He is buried in the Texas State Cemetery.
Sources: Confederate Home Roster 186-11; http://www.itd.nps.gov; Military Records of Young, John L. 2383; Pension Application 24271; 1860 and 1910 US Census Records.