Monday, November 12, 2007

Veterans Day

Calvin Williams

Grave of a forgotten veteran...

Calvin Williams was born a slave in Orange County VA on Juy 4, 1832. After securing his freedom in 1864 he joined the ranks of the Union Army. After the Civil War, Calvin re-enlisted and served in the 38th and 24th Infantry as one of the famed "buffalo soldiers" assigned to protect settlers on the American frontier. After his discharge in 1871 at Ft. McKavett TX, he settled in Seguin TX. He lived the remainder of his life there, quietly raising a family and developing the Second Baptist Church, which still stands today. He passed away on Jan. 12, 1909.

That very year, his grandson Joseph Williams embarked on a professional baseball career that earned him a place in the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1999.

Today's post was written by Mark. Thanks, honey! I knew you would be the best person to write this for Calvin. On October 29, 2007, I posted something else about Calvin.


Lavenderlady said...

Thank you for this post. I am so glad you paused to remember him.

WebOJ said...

May his soul rest in peace!

Shorty said...

Great pic and post. I was hoping to get into town for Veteran's Day to get some pics, but I stayed home with the kiddies and D had to work, but I never forget what day it is and the veterans that it honors.