: Collection of seven letters, written mostly in regard to the formation of a regiment of African American soldiers in preparation for World War I. This project was advocated by figures such as Dr. W. E. B. DuBois, J. E. Spingarn, and Charles Young but was apparently not formed. Other letters refer to Charles Burroughs and Charles Young's service in Liberia.
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.
: NAM_MSS3_B01F02_01 Subjects
: African American soldiers; African American men; Correspondence; Military officers; World War I, 1914-1918; Young, Charles, 1864-1922. Places
: Charles Young miscellaneous letters