Held by The Filson Historical Society
Creator: Emor Young, 1823-1869
Title: Letters, 1862-1883
Rights: For information regarding literary and copyright interest for this collection, contact the Curator of Special Collections.
Size of Collection: 0.33 cubic feet
Locator Number: Mss. A Y71
Scope and Content Note
Collection of 76 letters consists primarily of letters written by Pvt. Emor Young, 7th Rhode Island Infantry Regt., to his wife, Martha. Six letters are addressed to Martha Young by friends and relatives. Emor describes various aspects of daily army life, including his role as a cook and baker for Company C, and mentions national politics, slavery and reasons for the war, as well as observations of local scenes and people while stationed in Kentucky, Mississippi and Virginia. Collection includes complete typewritten transcription.
Emor Young was born 18 March 1823, probably in Rhode Island. He married Martha P. Gleason, probably in Connecticut. They had two sons, Edgar M., born August 1847 and Frederick E., born December 1850. Prior to enlisting in the 7th Rhode Island Infantry Regiment in September, 1862, he was involved in various occupations including mule skinning and lumbering. Enlisting as a private, he served primarily as a cook and baker in Company C. During the Battle of Petersburg, Va. in July 1864, he served in a military hospital in City Point, Va., for several weeks. Upon being mustered out in 1865, he returned to Rhode Island where he died 20 November 1869. He is buried in Chepachet, Providence County, Rhode Island.
Folder 1: Typewritten transcript of letters; summary of letters; history of 7th Rhode Island Infantry Regt.
Folder 2: Correspondence, September 1862 – March 1863
Folder 3: Correspondence, April – May 1863
Folder 4: Correspondence, June – September 1863
Folder 5: Correspondence, October 1863 – April 1864
Folder 6: Correspondence, July 1864 – 1883
Boydton Plank Road, Battle of, Va., 1864
Covers (Philately) – United States
Death – United States
Kentucky – Description and travel
Rosecrans, William S. (William Starke), 1819-1898
Slavery – Kentucky
United States – History – Civil War, 1861-1865 – Caricatures and cartoons
United States – History – Civil War, 1861-1865 – Destruction and pillage
United States – History – Civil War, 1861-1865 – Hospitals
United States – History – Civil War, 1861-1865 – Medical care
United States – History – Civil War, 1861-1865 – Propaganda
United States. Army – Military life
United States. Army – Transport of sick and wounded
United States. Army – Transportation
United States. Army. Rhode Island Infantry Regiment, 7th (1862-1865)
Vicksburg (Miss.) – History – Siege, 1863
Young, Emor, 1823-1869