Capt. William Young
Co. "A" 47th Wisconsin Volunteers 18 Feb 65- 4 Sep 65

On information from Concerned Citizen, Vincent Barker

Monday, April 10, 2006 3:12 PM

Hello Pete,

Wanted to give you the name and info of a  veteran of Co. A, 47th Wisconsin Vol. Infantry that we found over the weekend.   This veteran is buried at the South Medina Cemetery, which is located about south of Medina, WI, on County M.  Very nice, smaller, cemetery.  There are at least 4 veterans of Co. A buried there, this, the company commander, William Young.  With the exception of Capt. Young who has his military information on a very nice civilian marker, all need military headstones, so we will be ordering those soon.  Here is their info:


CAPT. WILLIAM YOUNG (1821-1890); enlisted at Dale, 2/18/1865; mustered out 9/4/1865.  It appears that Capt. Young had earlier been a 1st Lt. in Co. I, 32nd Wisconsin Infantry.  This company also consisted of many men from the Dale/Medina area, several of whom are also buried at South Medina Cemetery

Editors NOTE: Had this recently on Capt. Young from a Lady in California.

20 May 2010 16:04:25 -0700

Hello Pete,
I have some very exciting news for you. I came upon your site as I was researching the background of the owner of a Civil War Sword that has been in my family's possession for a very long time. I believe that we inherited it from my great-uncle (Mr. Warren Roettiger of Fountain City, WI) after he passed away. I do not know how he came into possession of the sword, nor if Capt. Young is a distant relative of ours. 
The sword belongs to none other than Capt. (then 1st Lieut.) William Young. The sword is engraved with the following:
                Lieut. Wm Young
                Co I 32 Reg Wis Vol
                Presented by the
                Cittizens (sic) of Dale
I would be most happy to share photos with you if you are interested.
Thank you and kind regards,

 Ms. Rae Covington- she may be a relative of Capt. Young

Sunnyvale, CA


I responded asking permission to ad her info to Capt. Young's tribute page:

Hello Pete,
Thanks for your very prompt reply. Yes, you may add my email content to your tribute page - I would very much like to know more about this Capt. Young and whether he is the same person as the Lieut. Young whose sword we now have (photos attached). The engraving could read Co I or L - it is difficult to tell.
Warren Roettiger was my great uncle on my mother's side. He is the son of Henry Roettiger, who with his brother Fritz (Fred) ran the H&F Lumber Yard in Fountain City, WI (Buffalo County). I'm still trying to find the connection to the Young family, if there is one. Perhaps someone there in WI can help out.
We ARE very excited to find this treasure and will let you know whatever else we learn about it.
Thank you and very kind regards,
 Ms. Rae Covington- she may be a relative of Capt. Young

Can anyone help?                                 The Sword Pictures:



It is certainly a beautiful sword

continuation on Vince's comments on  three vets found in the cemetery:

It is interesting that all these men were "older" at the time they enlisted.  Must be an explanation for this; good bounty maybe or possibly Capt. Young may have recruited them with the promise they would be assigned to railroad guard duty instead of active campaigning.  Take care Pete, will send along some photos when we install the markers.

Vince Barker-A Concerned Citizen

Old Abe Camp #8, Sons of Union Veterans

Dept. of Wisconsin

Lieut. Colonel Vince Barker

OIC, Mobilizing Unit In processing Center (MUIC)

Ft. McCoy, WI

Webmasters Note: 

 There are three people who have contributed greatly to this website.

They are Kim J. Heltemes, Vince Barker and Jim Waid, who are members of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War Camp # 8 (SUVCW) have been very helpful in sending me information (and photos of stones) that they have discovered in Cemeteries in Wisconsin of veterans of the 47th, Regiment.. The organization keeps a database of this information and make it available to all who may be searching for Civil War Ancestors who might have been in military units from that state or soldiers who may be interred there. They are a real blessing to us who are researching the 47th, Regiment and Civil War History. They not only discover the information but also honor the soldiers by replacing broken or missing headstones and clearing their gravesites. They all deserve a big thank you from us. Thank You guys!

To find out more about the Wisconsin SUVCW and what they do, visit their site by clicking the link I've provided below. Then for this unit, go to the Wisconsin Camps and choose Camp# 8. They're a great group of guys!

You may also contact Kim , Vince or Jim directly for any questions that you might have. Just click on their name.

Here is the link to the Wisconsin SUVCW site.

Further: The Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War (SUVCW) is a volunteer, non-profit, patriotic and educational organization similar to the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) and is officially recognized as its legal successor. Founded in 1881 by sons of Civil War veterans, the SUVCW today has over 6,000 members.


I wrote to Vince Barker and asked him if he would put into words what it is that he and Jim Wade and several others there in Wisconsin do, in the way of finding and replacing veterans headstones and who they do it for and also an explanation of his military rank in that regard...below is his thoughtful reply:

Hi Pete,

Jim Waid, Kim Heltemes, Don Strube, and myself are all members

of Old Abe Camp # 8, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War.

One of the many activities/projects that the SUVCW conducts is

graveside dedications for Union Veterans. In most cases this

occurs when a new marker is placed on the veteran's grave. Some

of us in the SUVCW, and in our camp particularly, have taken a

special interest in locating Civil War veteran's graves (this

includes Confederates - and as a member of the Sons of

Confederate Veterans as well, I am very interested in this), and

obtaining headstones for those veterans that need them. We all

feel that as descendants of these veterans, we have a special

and unique connection to them, and Civil War veterans, for the

most part, have been forgotten by most Americans, and many of

their graves do not have the proper military markers. This is

truly a shame since the Civil War was such a pivotal event in

our nation's history. As Shelby Foote said, it was

the "crossroads of our being...and it was one hell of a

crossroads". Those boys endured hardships that we today cannot

even imagine. So, for all these reasons, we have taken a

special interest in, and very much enjoy, marking their graves,

as well as documenting all CW gravesites that we find on the

Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War National Graves

Registration Database.


As for my military history, I am a Major in the US Army Reserve,

and have been mobilized on active duty for the better part of 3

years. I spent a few months in Kuwait back in 2003-04 in

support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. I have been here at Ft.

McCoy, WI, since May 2004. I live only 2 hours away in Appleton

so I get home most weekends. I am taking battalion command

later this summer and should pin on Lieutenant Colonel later

this fall sometime. I also spent 3 years in the Marine Corps

right after high school, before I went to college.

Vince recently wrote(7/27/09):

I was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel in Dec. 2006.  I am finishing up battalion command now and will deploy to Afghanistan with the 82nd Airborne Division in September 2009.

On 09/09/09: Vince was inducted into the NSSAR (National Society Sons of the American Revolution) which has taken over four years to complete. Congratulations again Vince on that accomplishment.

Note: Vince will deploy to Afghanistan with the 82nd Airborne Division in September 2009. Good luck Vince we're all praying for your safe return. GOD'S SPEED FRIEND!

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