Charles Young

Fort Huachuca, Arizona

Charles Young was the third African American graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1889.  His first assignment after graduation was with the Buffalo Soldiers in the 10th Cavalry in Nebraska, and then in the 9th and 10th Cavalries in Utah.  With the outbreak of the Spanish American War, he was reassigned as Second Lieutenant to training duty at Camp Algers, Virginia.  Later, he was in command of a squadron of the 10th Cavalry Buffalo Soldiers in Cuba.

Charles Young distinguished himself throughout his military career with the Buffalo Soldiers of the 9th and 10th Cavalries and the 25th Infantry.  He also served as a Professor of Military Science at Wilberforce University in Ohio.

He was prominent officer in the 10th Cavalry during the 1916 Punitive Expedition.  In Mexico, he led the 2nd Squadron in two key actions which earned him the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.  In 1917, just before his retirement, he was promoted to Colonel and commanded Fort Huachuca.  He is pictured here in Mexico during the Pancho Villa Expedition, c. 1916.

2013.33.8, Courtesy of Fort Huachuca Museum