Archive for September 18th, 2009

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Civil War Unknown

Yesterday,  Thursday, September 17th, 2009, One Hundred and forty seven years after his death, an unknown soldier from New York was returned to his home state after lying undiscovered in a grave on the Antietam Battlefield.

The Patriot Guard Riders and the New York National Guard undertook the multi-state mission of escorting the young soldier home to be buried with honors at the Saratoga National Cemetery.  But not before the Maryland National Guard gave him a moving sendoff.

That afternoon the motorcade passed through Poughkeepsie, NY, where the Gathering of Eagles paid their respects:

The Pentagon Channel has more background:

Another video of the transfer ceremony at Antietam is here:

Patriot Guard Rider Bill Schaaf when talking about the emotions involved in such an escort said:

“For those who couldn’t be there no explanation is possible – for those of
us that were there no explanation is necessary”

The Herald-Mail has a good story from Maryland!

A series of excellent photos in this forum, scroll down for more.

A photo of the escort passing through Hyde Park:

Civil War Soldier - Hyde Park

The Poughkeepsie Journal has a photo gallery here.

News Channel 13 has video of the motorcade passing through Rennsselaer.

News10 has good coverage of the return at Saratoga here.  

A photo gallery from the Daily Gazette is here.

News10 has an even better video report here.

The Albany Times Union has a story with pictures hereThe Saratogian has another here.

CBS6 has good coverage with video here.

The Antietam Battlefield Ranger who made the Going Home video has a blog.  Here is his entry for the day our soldier left.

One of the Patriot Guard Riders is a photographer, his gallery is here.

For a history of the Battle of Antietam. More here.

And a final video:

Last year we had the honor to  report “A Duty Fulfilled” on a Civil War Marine hero in Queens, NY.

Thank you to each and every one of you who helped bring this young man home to New York with dignity and honor!