Black Soldiers of New York State: A Proud Legacy (Excelsior by Anthony F. Gero

By Anthony F. Gero

Concise historical past of the valiant provider of latest York's African American infantrymen.

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From this point in time, mention of the battalion disappears from local papers, at least as far as I can document. However, another Syracuse paper, the Syracuse Courier along with the Syracuse Journal, each carried stories on August 5, 1880, about the band of the Palmer Guards, but they do not say who these guards were. Just who the Palmer Guards were might be revealed in a Geneva, New York paper, the Courier. On August 36 BL ACK SOLD I ERS O F N E W YO RK STAT E 15th, 1881, it ran an article that reported the Palmer Guards “attracted much attention for the soldierly bearing of its members and the excellent drill .

34 As more research is conducted, one can expect that additional studies will be published. 35 At a 2004 military exhibition at the Cayuga Museum in Auburn, a previously obscured photograph was on exhibit that presented A drawing, based upon a photograph, of an African-American seaman in the United States Navy, ca. 1863–1865 by Barry E. Thompson. (Anthony Gero Collection) THE GREAT O MI SSI O N A N D T H E C I V I L WA R 27 the last Civil War veterans of that county alive in 1923. , and had resided in Cayuga County at the time of his enlistment.

38 The probability that black New Yorkers were aboard many ships as crewmen is very good. In a New York Tribune article of September 8, 1865, one can catch a feeling of what had been contributed by black soldiers in the Civil War and of what it meant: “It is not too much to say that if this Massachusetts Fifty fourth had faltered when its trial came, two hundred thousand colored troops for whom it was a pioneer would never have been put into the field . . But it did not falter. T. These men had risked much for the cause of emancipation and liberty but, as was often the reality in New York State, revisionism rose and obscured their military accomplishments.

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