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Henry Young (major)

Henry Harrison Young (1841–1866) was an American Civil War spy from Pawtucket, Rhode Island. As a Union major, he served in the 2nd Rhode Island Volunteer Infantry regiment from 1861 to 1865. He was promoted to lieutenant colonel of Volunteers in 1865 and served as the Chief of Scouts to General Philip H. Sheridan. He commanded a 58-man scout band, popularly called the "Jessie Scouts", under General Sheridan in the final months of the war. He was mysteriously killed in 1866 during a military expedition in Mexico. The Scout statue was erected in his honor at the Kennedy Plaza in downtown Providence, Rhode Island.


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