Inscribed:“Bible of Cpt John P Young 7th Reg Lane’s Brigade Richmond Va Killed at Chancellorsville May 3rd 1863 Enlisted May 16, 1861 2nd Lieutenant Advance to Capt Co B 7th Regiment – March 11, 1863 Youngest Commissioned Officer In the Confederate Army 15 ½ Years Old”
At the age of sixteen, John P. Young enlisted with his father in 1861. They served together in 1862. The father resigned in January 1863, and in March John was promoted to captain. On May 3, 1863, he died leading his company in an attack on the Federal lines at Chancellorsville. From Cabarrus County, NC, Young was a cadet at the North Carolina Military Institute in Charlotte before the war. Read about the 7th Regiment’s history here.
Source: North Carolina Museum of History Collections, accession number 1960.32.10