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Young, Pierce Manning Butler

in American National Biography Online

Published online February 2000 | e-ISBN: 9780198606697

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army officer, congressman, and diplomat, was born in Spartanburg, South Carolina, the son of Robert Maxwell Young, a physician and planter, and Elizabeth Caroline Jones. In 1838 the family moved to Cartersville, Cass County (renamed Bartow County in 1861), Georgia. Young attended Georgia Military Institute (1852–1857) in Marietta, where he excelled in Thomas McConnell’s cavalry class. Young entered the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1857. George A. Custer, a classmate, recalled that in the winter of 1860–1861 Young predicted: “Custer, my boy, we’re going to have war… . And who knows but we may move against each other” (“War Memoirs,” Galaxy, Apr. 1876, p. 451).

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