Buffalo Soldier Charles Young Military Morale of Nations and Races, First Edition

YOUNG, Charles (1864-1922). Military Morale of Nations and Races. Kansas City, Missouri: Franklin Hudson Publishing Co., 1912.

8vo (154 x 223 mm). Original green cloth, recased with new endpapers. Provenance: Ex libris Infantry Journal Library. (Internal library markings with stamp on title page and 6-7 text pages).

FIRST EDITION. In 1889, Charles Young graduated from the United States Military Academy, despite heavy racial abuse from his classmates and teachers. He was only the third African American to do so, after Henry Ossian Flipper and John Hanks Alexander. There would not be another black graduate until Benjamin O. Davis, Jr. in 1936. Young was commissioned as a second lieutenant and served for 28 years, primarily with the Buffalo Soldiers in both the 9th and 10th Cavalry Regiments. He eventually attained the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, the first African American to do so. Immediately prior to World War I, Young was removed from service reported due to health reasons, however, it was almost certainly to prevent Young from commanding white officers. OCLC locates 22 copies, seldom seen.


Cover moderately scuffed, spine darkened with wear to caps. Name sticker on end paper. Internal library markings.

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