Woman of the Century/Sarah Graham Young
YOUNG, Mrs. Sarah Graham, army nurse, born in Tompkins county, N. Y., five miles north of Ithaca, in 1831. She was the only daughter in a family of ten children. Her maiden name was Sarah Graham. In youth she was fond of acting as nurse to the sick of her family and her neighborhood. At the age of fourteen she served as a nurse. SARAH GRAHAM YOUNG. When the Civil War broke out, she went to the South with the 109th Regiment of New York Volunteers. She was in the field hospital from 1862 to 1865, being absent from active service only eight days in three years. Miss Dix appointed her matron of the Ninth Corps Hospital. Her two brothers were in the same regiment. She served faithfully among the sick and wounded, never breaking down nor faltering under the terrible work of those terrible days. She was known among the soldiers by a pet name, "Aunt Becky." She is now living in Des Moines, Iowa.