Military History

Tour curated by: T. McKenna

This tour will highlight the history of Albany and how the Military has played a major key in the formation of the city. Several major land marks and official city buildings have had something to do with military history. Especially during the colonial and revolutionary war times.

Locations for Tour

Sgt. Henry Johnson was a soldier serving in the infantry during World War 1. He was part one of the first all black infantry units to exist during the war and it will be in this unit, where his actions awarded him the Medal of Honor. Hailing from…

The Western Ave. Armory now known as the Washington Avenue Sports and Convention Center was the home of the very first Nation Guard Unit in the surrounding area. The unit that was stationed here were activated to fight in the Spanish - American War…

Fort Frederick was built to replace Fort Orange which sat on top of State Street Hill. Fort Orange was a decaying fortress made out of wood. Fort Frederick replaced the decrepit fort with construction starting in 1702 and ending in 1739. Although it…

The Albany plan which is more famously known as the Birth of our nation, is the result of a whole lot of military conflict. This plan was to unify all 13 colonies into one formal government and over throw the British. This plan was originally…

Originally, this was a hospital built for the British army in 1754. It was used to aid the wounded during the battle of Ticonderoga which took place during the French and Indian War. However as the fighting drew to an end for the British in New York,…