American Military History in Downtown Albany

Tour curated by: Sean Greene

This is a walking tour of downtown Albany that traces roots to different time periods in Albany’s military history. While doing this I am also similarly tracing the roots of America’s military history. They are very closely intertwined. I am using downtown Albany as a lens to look at different times throughout the United States’ military history. The locations on my walking tour will take you from the early 1700s and the French and Indian War with Philip Schuyler all the way up until 2015 with President Barack Obama awarding Henry Johnson the Purple Heart. Through this walking tour you will get a better sense of Albany’s history as well as America's.

Locations for Tour

Henry Johnson was born in North Carolina in 1892. As a teenager Johnson moved to Albany and got a job at Albany's Union Station. Johnson enlisted in the United States Army in 1917. ("Medal of Honor") Due to racism among the United States Army,…

The Washington Avenue Armory sits on the popular corner of Washington Avenue and Lark Street in downtown Albany. The armory has become a landmark of downtown Albany. It has played different roles in Albany history throughout its time. Architect Isaac…

In the summer of 1783 George Washington wrote to his close ally Phillip Schuyler. His letter read about his desire to visit New York State, mainly the upstate and central region. (“Mohawk Valley”) Schuyler and Washington had served together…

The USS Slater is a cannon destroyer escort ship that served the United States Navy for many years. It is named after a veteran named Frank Slater who was killed during a naval battle against Japan in World War II. The ship was built in 1943 in…

Philip Schuyler was born in Albany, New York in 1733. At the age of 22 Schuyler joined Britain's fight in the French and Indian War. He had the roll of quartermaster during this war. This meant that he purchased supplies and organized equipment for…