Pierce M. B. Young

Pierce Manning Butler Young ( * November 15, 1836 in Spartanburg, South Carolina, † July 6, 1896 in New York City ) was a five-time congressman for Georgia and Major General of the Army of the Confederate States of America during the Civil War.


Young's family moved in his youth to the Bartow County ( Georgia). There, Young graduated from military training at the Georgia Military Institute. 1857 Yount enrolled at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, but he left the Academy a few months before graduating after leaving Georgia from the Union. So Young resigned on March 2, 1861 his service as a 2nd Lieutenant in the artillery of the Confederate Army at. Quick to the Lieutenant Colonel promoted, Young belonged to Wade Hampton's brigade in JEB Stuart's cavalry corps. After Young was awarded the Maryland campaign, he went up on 1 November 1862 and Colonel on 28 September 1863 to brigadier general. In 1864 he commanded Hamptons former Division and in November of the same year he was sent to the defense of Atlanta, which was threatened by the troops of the Northern States under General William T. Sherman. In this role, he stopped the advance of Sherman's and was promoted on November 30, 1864 temporarily to Major General under Hampton.

After the war, Young start a successful career as a politician. He was elected in the years 1868-1875 a total of five times for Georgia House of Representatives of the United States and went in the years 1872, 1876 and 1880 as a delegate to the national conventions of the Democratic Party.

In 1893 he was United States Ambassador to Honduras and Guatemala. Young passed away on July 6, 1896 in New York City and was buried near his old plantation near Cartersville.