Thomas Holgate letter to Colonel Charles Young, February 8, 1918   Save
Thomas Holgate letter to Colonel Charles Young, February 8, 1918
Description: Letter from Northwestern University president Thomas Holgate to Colonel Charles Young asking Young to consider serving as the military officer in charge of a Reserve Officers' Training Corps to be established at the University, since he is no longer able to discharge regular military duties. Charles Young was the first African American to reach the rank of Colonel in the U.S. Army and, at the time of his death in 1922, was the highest-ranking African American officer in the Army. He is known for having been forced into retirement due to health concerns before the start of World War I and later riding from Wilberforce, Ohio, to Washington, D.C. to prove his physical fitness for duty. View on Ohio Memory.
Image ID: NAM_MSS3_B01F19_14
Subjects: African American soldiers; African American men; Newspapers; Correspondence; Military officers; World War I, 1914-1918; Young, Charles, 1864-1922.; Northwestern University; Reserve Officers' Training Corps (U.S.)
Places: Evanston (Illinois)