Romulus W. Young

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Service - US Army - Company E, 4th US Infantry
Rank - Private
Born - October 1878
Died - 8 November 1900
Buried - In the family cemetery off Windrow Road in Keeneland Trails Housing Development
Township - Panther Branch

During the Spanish-American War, Private Romulus W. Young   enlisted in Company K, 1st North Carolina Infantry and sailed on the ‘Roumanian’ on 8 December 1898 for Havana, Cuba.  While en route the Treaty of Paris was signed ending the Spanish-American War where he served as a Waggoner.  Being the first American soldiers to arrive at Havana, they received a welcome by the Cuban people at the sight of their liberators.  He was later discharged on 22 April 1899, but two months late at age 21 he again enlisted in Raleigh on 22 June 1899 as a Private in Company E, 4th US Infantry.  The United States had just begun the Philippine Insurrection War three weeks earlier on 2 June 1899.  In 1900, Romulus was with the US forces at San Francisco de Malabon in the Philippine Islands.  His Regiment saw action throughout southern Luzon.   He left the Philippines but en route home was in the Presidio Army Hospital in San Francisco, California with chronic amoebic dysentery.  He died in the hospital on 8 November 1900.  He was hoping to get home to “Aunt Sook’s good fried chicken and good biscuits and butter … also his father would put off killing hogs this year until he could get home to help.”  (Source: Wake, Capital County of North Carolina, Vol. II, by Todd Johnson and Elizabeth Reid Murray, page 395).

Romulus was born in October 1878 to Ezekiel and Charity Young of Gulley’s Mill in the Panther Branch community of Wake County.  A farmer he had brown eyes, brown hair, dark complexion and was 5’8” tall.   Romulus W. Young was buried in the family cemetery off Windrow Lane in Keeneland Trails Housing Development on Sauls Rd. in Panther Branch Township.

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