Gideon A. Young

By Barbara F. Dyer | Mar 24, 2013

A Lincolnville native, who lived the greater part of his life there, Gideon Young moved to Camden for several years.

He was engaged in the trucking business, that he continued until about three months before his death, when he had to take to his bed.

By going through the cemetery records, it appears that about 136 veterans of the Civil War are buried at Mountain View Cemetery and Young is among them. He enlisted in the Second Maine Cavalry and served with that regiment during his entire service.

In researching letters from local Civil War soldiers, I found one from him and will quote it , as he wrote and I read it to the best of my ability:

“Camp of the 2nd Me. Cav. Barrancad Fla. Sept 7th /64

Friend Hellen

Being at leisure this fine morning I thought I would sit down and let you know that I am well and enjoying myself in the old way.

I believe the last time I wrote you we were encamped in the old Sugar Mill at Thiboday7. Well we have made a No. of moves since then first we took the …. And went to Algiers a small city opposite New Orleans camped there two or three days and then crossed the river and went to Greenville where we have been once before and we camped there two or three days and then marched to New Orleans and took transports and came here we are within one half mile of Pensacola Navy Yard and we have got a very good healthy camping ground and we might take comfort were it not for the plaging flies I never saw such a place for flies in my life a man cannot sleep in the day time and our horses grow poor every day I shall be glad when the weather gets cold enough to stop them

We have made three raids since we have been here the first one did not amount to anything but two days hard marching the second we got between forty and fifty head of cattle the third we marched up to Pensacola we had to wade about one mile and a half where the water was up around the horses sides and a part of the way they had to swim some of the men and one Lieut. Got dismounted and came near being drowned but fortunately we saved we were attended by Brig. Gen. Ashboth we came back that same night and got back to camp that night at eleven O,clock and most of us were pretty wet

If I had have known it I might have written this yesterday and it would have gone direct from here to Boston as there is a Steamer going from here there Started this morning and you would have rec’d it much sooner but as it is it will Sure to go to New Orleans and take the regular Mail Steamer and go to the usual routine of mail Steamers.

I have not received any answer to my last yet but I look for it every mail when you write let me know who is drafted around there give my respects to Steven Young and his wife and your father and mother Bertie and Frank Rackcliffe and all inquiring friends write on recpt of this and direct to Gideon A. Young Co. H 2nd Me Cavalry New Orleans, La.”

Gideon died at his home on Mechanic Street in Camden Oct. 3 ,1893, at the age of 51 years, 8 months and 26 days of “extensive cancerous involvement.” The funeral occurred at the house on Thursday afternoon conducted by Rev. F. M. Preble. Music was furnished by a quartette composed of B.F. Young and wife, Lincoln Young and James Small. The remains were taken in charge by the Geo. S. Cobb Post, of which the deceased was a member, and the burial services of the Grand Army were performed at the grave in a very impressive manner. He left a widow and eight children. I assume he did not marry “Hellen” because his wife’s name was Vandealia, she died March 26, 1934.

Barbara Dyer is Camden's official town historian.

Comments (1)
Posted by: William Pease | Mar 24, 2013 23:19

Thanks very much, Barbara, for this snapshot of a few days in the life of the 20th Maine Regiment in 1864. I looked up Barrancad, Florida, on Google maps & it is now Barrancas, Fl, just south of Pensacola as Gideon wrote.

That's an awfully long way from Maine.



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