Brian G. Shellum

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With Interior Secretary Ken Salazar at the dedication of the Charles Young Buffalo Soldier National Monument on April 2, 2013

I have been researching and writing about the life of Charles Young since I first read of his accomplishments in 1996 while serving as a historian at the Defense Intelligence Agency. I've been hot on his trail since, publishing Black Cadet in a White Bastion: Charles Young at West Point in 2006 and Black Officer in a Buffalo Soldier Regiment: The Military Career of Charles Young in 2010, both by the University of Nebraska Press. My third book titled African American Officers in Liberia: A Pestiferous Rotation, 1910-1942 by the University of Nebraska Press hits the street in August 2018.

I recently broadened my research and writing with “Buffalo Soldiers on the Western Frontier: 1866-1890” which appears in the Routledge Handbook of U.S. Diplomatic and Military History Since 1865 published in June 2013. I also wrote "Buffalo Soldiers in Africa: African American Officers in Liberia, 1910-1942" for the Routledge History of Race in the American Military published in 2016.

The year 2017 has a very busy and gratifying one for me in terms of opportunities resulting from my research and writing. I spoke about Charles Young and the Buffalo Soldiers at several venues and worked on several very exciting history projects. I worked with Frank Simkonis of Kentucky Educational TV on a segment on Charles Young for the program "Kentucky Life." The program aired in February 2017. I presented a paper titled Buffalo Soldiers in Africa at the Society for Military History Conference in Jacksonville, Florida in April 2017. I also worked with Dr. Carolyn Mazloomi and the Women of Color Quilters Network (WCQN) and thirty of her artists who are creating quilts that tell the story of Charles Young and hope to see the work displayed in 2018. Finally, I completed the final edit of my third book mentioned above. You will find more details on these and others in the Events section of this webpage.

I look forward to many more adventures riding with Charles Young and the Buffalo Soldiers!

Selected Works

Military History
The story of African American Officers who served in Liberia, 1910-1942.
Military Career of Charles Young, pointman for his race in the U.S. Army.
The early life and Academy experiences of Charles Young, the third black West Point graduate.
Military Intelligence History
The declassified documents and commentary that trace the establishment of the Defense Intelligence Agency from 1961 to 1965.
A concise chronology of the defense intelligence support before and during the First Gulf War from 1990-1991.

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