By Brian G. Shellum
An unheralded army hero, Charles younger (1864–1922) used to be the 3rd black graduate of West element, the 1st African American nationwide park superintendent, the 1st black U.S. army attach?, the 1st African American officer to command a standard military regiment, and the highest-ranking black officer within the standard military until eventually his demise. Black Officer in a Buffalo Soldier Regiment tells the tale of the guy who—willingly or not—served as a standard-bearer for his race within the officer corps for almost thirty years, and who, if no longer for racial prejudice, could became the 1st African American general. Brian G. Shellum describes how, in the course of his awesome military profession, younger used to be shuffled one of the few assignments deemed appropriate for a black officer in a white man’s army—the Buffalo Soldier regiments, an African American university, and diplomatic posts in black republics equivalent to Liberia. still, he used his adventure to set up himself as an excellent cavalry officer. He used to be a colonel at the eve of the USA’ access into global warfare I, whilst critical clinical difficulties and racial intolerance denied him command and ended his occupation. Shellum’s publication seeks to revive a hero to the ranks of army historical past; while, it informs our figuring out of the function of race within the heritage of the yank army. (20110217)
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Charles young, 1890 A fter home leave from West Point in 1889, 2nd Lt. S. Cavalry at Fort Robinson, Nebraska. Young became one of only two black cavalry ofﬁcers assigned to the renowned Buffalo Soldier regiments, units composed entirely of African American enlisted men, but led almost exclusively by white ofﬁcers. S. 1 Lieutenant Young faced a tough and solitary struggle for acceptance in his ﬁrst year at Fort Robinson, a frontier garrison located on the southern limit of the Sioux reservation.
Connected to the outside world via 14 first posting to fort robinson telegraph since 1877, another line linked the post with the sixty-ﬁve-mile-distant Pine Ridge Indian Agency by 1881. The Fremont, Elkhorn, and Missouri Valley Railroad reached Fort Robinson in 1886, and in the same year the town of Crawford was platted just off the eastern border of the reservation. 11 With no liquor sold on post, the troops had no alternative but to escape to Crawford or other less reputable locations to ﬁnd liquor and amusement.
The Seventh Cavalry Regiment had taken a number of Sioux who had left their reservation as prisoners to a camp at Wounded Knee Creek. In the process of trying to disarm the prisoners, gunﬁre broke out and a massacre of the Indians resulted on December 29, 1890. The carnage left one hundred and ﬁfty Indians dead and another ﬁfty wounded, while twenty-ﬁve ofﬁcers and soldiers were killed and thirtynine wounded. 39 Departure Each year some of the troops of the Ninth rotated between the scattered posts of the regiment.