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Submitted by Joe Young; Edited and vetted by Cheri Todd Molter

My ancestor, James Madison Young, was Captain of Company K, 11th N.C. Troops.

On April 24, 1861, at the Smith-McDowell House in Buncombe County, twenty-five-year-old James Madison Young mustered into Company E, known as the “Buncombe Rifles,” of the North Carolina 1st Volunteers Infantry as a Sergeant. After the militia time was up, Young returned home and, in March 1862, was promoted to Captain and commissioned into Company K, 11th N.C. Infantry.

In August 1864, according to his military records, Capt. Young was wounded and hospitalized, but he returned to service by Sept. 30th. Capt. Young surrendered with his regiment on April 9, 1865 at Appomattox Court House, Virginia.

After the war, Capt. Young returned home to North Carolina. In 1870, he became the Sheriff of Buncombe County

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