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May 10, 2022

Civil War Soldier Finally Gets Gravestone in Maine After More Than 150 Years

A Civil War soldier from Maine finally has a gravestone in his home state more than 150 years after his death.

Thanks to the efforts of two brothers in Buckfield, the Veterans Administration issued a gravestone for their great-great-great grandfather Atwood Young.

Last weekend, Philip and Jamison McAlister held a ceremony at the cemetery plot on their family farm.

“Makes you feel proud. We got something done that should have been done 158 years ago,” Philip McAlister said.

The brothers say it should have been done in 1864, when Young, who lived near Bingham for most of his life, was killed on a beach at the Battle of Fort Wagner in South Carolina.

You can read more in an article and watch a video available on the WMTW web site about this man who had lied about his age to enlist at 50 years old at https://www.wmtw.com/article/civil-war-soldier-gravestone-maine/39948274.