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Charles Young
Description: Portrait of Eugena Ballard, wife of Lieutenant Wilson Ballard, who served in the 9th Battalion Ohio Volunteer Infantry with Charles Young. 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_MSS2_B04F08_B
Subjects: African American women; 9th Battalion Ohio Volunteer Infantry (O.V.I.); African American soldiers; Young, Charles, 1864-1922.; Military officers
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