"The thing then to be desired above all others is confidence in one's self..." Charles Young
Throughout his life, Charles Young overcame countless obstacles in his ascent to prominence. In spite of overt racism and stifling inequality, Young rose through the military ranks to become one of the most respected leaders of his time. A well-rounded man with a steadfast devotion to duty, Young led by example and inspired a generation of new leaders.Read More
A Life of Leadership
Charles Young was the third African American to graduate from West Point and the highest ranking African American officer at the onset of World War I.Read More
In 1866, congress created six regiments of African American soldiers who soon became known as Buffalo Soldiers to the Plains Indians they fought.Read More
Designated a National Historic Landmark in 1974, Charles Young's home was a gathering place for his friends, family and strangers alike.Read More
Did You Know?
Long before "Youngsholm" became the permanent residence of Charles Young, the house was once a stopping point for runaway slaves on the Underground Railroad. Designated a National Historic Landmark in 1974, the house now serves as the face for nation's newest National Park Service site. More...