Paron Cook Young (1838-1912).
“Civil War Veteran” the monument says, even before giving the name of the veteran: Paron Young of the Third Massachusetts Volunteer Cavalry. He was critically wounded at the Battle of Cedar Creek in the Shenandoah Valley in October 1864, when a costly Union victory helped restore Northern morale and pave the way to President Lincoln’s re-election a few weeks later. Young was shot through the throat, but his life was saved by a tracheotomy, one of the first successful such operations performed during the Civil War, according to a history of King Hiram’s Lodge, to which Young belonged. After the war, Young served as Provincetown’s postmaster. Paron Young was the grandson of Capt. Elisha Young (1776-1848). He and his wife, Susan E. (Johnson) Young (1845-1903) — who is buried here with him — were the parents of William Henry Young (1871-1942), and the grandparents of Lewis Armstrong Young (1895-1918) and Arthur Johnson Young (1897-1919).
¶ Last updated on 24 November 2017.
Provincetown’s Historic Cemeteries and Memorials, Key O-57, Page 14.