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Black Officer in a Buffalo Soldier Regiment: The Military Career of Charles Young

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An unheralded military hero, Charles Young (1864-1922) was the third black graduate of West Point, the first African American national park superintendent, the first black U.S. military attaché, the first African American officer to command a Regular Army regiment, and the highest-ranking black officer in the Regular Army until his death. Black Officer in a Buffalo Soldier Regiment tells the story of the man who-willingly or not-served as a standard-bearer for his race in the officer corps for nearly thirty years, and who, if not for racial prejudice, would have become the first African American general.

Brian G. Shellum describes how, during his remarkable army career, Young was shuffled among the few assignments deemed suitable for a black officer in a white man's army-the Buffalo Soldier regiments, an African American college, and diplomatic posts in black republics such as Liberia. Nonetheless, he used his experience to establish himself as an exceptional cavalry officer. He was a colonel on the eve of the United States' entry into World War I, when serious medical problems and racial intolerance denied him command and ended his career. Shellum's book seeks to restore a hero to the ranks of military history; at the same time, it informs our understanding of the role of race in the history of the American military.

Brian G. Shellum is a senior intelligence analyst with the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization with the U.S. Department of Defense. He is the author of Black Cadet in a White Bastion: Charles Young at West Point, available in a Bison Books edition.

ISBN-13: 9780803213852

Media Type: Paperback

Publisher: Bison Original

Publication Date: 02-01-2010

Pages: 412

Product Dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)

Brian G. Shellum is a senior intelligence analyst with the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization with the U.S. Department of Defense. He is the author of Black Cadet in a White Bastion: Charles Young at West Point, available in a Bison Books edition.

Table of Contents


List of Illustrations  

Preface    

Acknowledgments  

Chronology 

Chapter 1: Awaiting Orders   

Chapter 2: First Posting to Fort Robinson

Chapter 3: New Start at Fort Duchesne    

Chapter 4: Military Instructor at Wilberforce  

Chapter 5: Volunteer Officer in the Spanish-American War   

Chapter 6: Return to Fort Duchesne 

Chapter 7: Fighting Guerillas in the Philippines     

Chapter 8: Troop Commander in San Francisco and Sequoia    

Chapter 9: Military Attaché in Hispaniola

Chapter 10: Garrison Duty in the Philippines and Wyoming   

Chapter 11: Military Assistance Mission in Liberia   

Chapter 12: Chasing Villa in Mexico

Chapter 13: Retirement to Ohio     

Chapter 14: Final Post in Liberia  

Epilogue: Coming Home  

Notes

Bibliography     

Index