1864 – Charles Young was born March 12th, in Mayslick, Kentucky, the son of former slaves. His father enlisted as a private in the Fifth Regiment of the Colored Artillery (Heavy) Volunteers.
1880 – Young’s parents moved across the river to Ripley, Ohio, he attended the white high school. He graduated at the age of 16 and was the first black to graduate with honors.
– He taught school in the black high school of Ripley. While engaged in teaching, he had an opportunity to enter a competitive examination for appointment as a cadet at West Point.
1883 – Young was successful, making the second highest score, and reported to the military academy.
1889 – Young graduated with his commission, the third black man to do so at that time.
– Third black graduate of US Military Academy.
– He was assigned to the Tenth and the Seventh Cavalry where he was promoted to first lieutenant. His subsequent service of 28 years was with black troops — the Twenty-fifth U.S. Infantry and the Ninth U.S. Cavalry.
1903 – Young served as captain of a black company at the Presidio, San Francisco.
– He was appointed acting superintendent of Sequoia and General Grant national parks, thus becoming the first black superintendent of a national park.
– Young was transferred on November 2nd and reassigned as troop commander at the Presidio. In his report to the secretary of the interior, he recommended the government acquire patented lands in the park.
1916 – He received the Spingarn Medal.
1917 – First black full colonel in US Army.
1922 – He died while detailed in Nigeria. Colonel Young was given a hero’s burial in Arlington National Cemetery.