Major Young served under me in
garrison only a few weeks before we were
on March 9th ordered out and marched from Fort
Huachuca to Culbersons Rock to take part in the
Punitive Expedition in Mexico. I kept his squadron (the 2d)
with me the entire time.
His position - a colored officer with white officers
under him - was peculiarly trying and called for the
exercise of tack & good judgement, but so well did he
conduct himself that not a single complaint reached my ears.
He has a sympathetic disposition & is inclined to be
easy rather than hard on enlisted men.
He commanded his squadron well, and so
far as I could see, commanded the respect of both
officers and men of his command.
He is undoubtedly the best educated and most
Capable Colored man in the U.S. Army & I have
no hesitancy in recommending him for the
colonelcy of a colored Volunteer Cavalry Regiment.
Energy, good judgement and loyalty to his
superiors are his striking characteristics.