By Brian G. Shellum, Vincent K. Brooks
Brian G. Shellum’s biography of Young’s years at West aspect chronicles the large demanding situations that younger confronted and gives a necessary window into lifestyles at West aspect within the Eighteen Eighties. educational problems, hazing, and social ostracism dogged him all through his academy years. He succeeded via a mixture of concentrated mind, exertions, and a feeling of humor. by way of commencement, he had made white acquaintances, and his motivation and resolution had gained him the grudging admire of lots of his classmates and professors.
Until now, students of African American and armed forces historical past have overlooked this significant U.S. military trailblazer. Young’s reports on the U.S. army Academy, his conquer adversity, and his dedication to luck solid the mildew for his destiny achievements as a military officer, while the U.S. slipped additional into the degradation and waste of racial intolerance.
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0pt Pg ——— Normal Pag PgEnds: TE , (4) f re e d o m i n o h i o 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 ﬁled for a pension based on his Civil War service in the Union army. He listed himself as an invalid as the basis for the claim and was granted an unspeciﬁed sum of money. Perhaps his physical inﬁrmity at the age of forty was the reason he gave up farming. The pension and proceeds from the sale of the farm probably enabled Gabriel and Arminta to buy or build a house in Ripley.
On the other side lived a black laborer named Harry Jackson and his wife, infant son, and mother-in-law. Among Gabriel’s neighbors were farmworkers, a hotel porter, draymen, washwomen, river workers, laborers, and ﬁshermen. Many of the African Americans who lived in the neighborhood probably attended the ame church on Cherry Street. 25 Gabriel, Charles, and two of their neighbors—one black and one white—were listed as draymen, an antiquated term for a wagon driver. A dray was a two- or four-wheeled wagon pulled by either a man or a horse.
Because , (9) he remained enslaved in his home state, Gabriel ﬂed north to Ohio, where it was easier to join one of the African American regiments. 28 Before enlisting, Gabriel may have taken Arminta and Charles north with him to Ohio for their safety. Kentucky was generally a dangerous place for the families of runaway slaves, and it is hard to imagine Gabriel leaving them there. On the other hand, Arminta may have felt safe living in Kentucky with her mother, based on her status as a free woman and her close relationship with the Willett family.
Black Cadet in a White Bastion: Charles Young at West Point by Brian G. Shellum, Vincent K. Brooks