JOE ARCHINO

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I firmly believe that our first duty as Americans and people of the world is to remember the sacrifices of others. Sports broadcasting gave me my voice. Now, I’m using that voice and all of the skills that I have learned to honor the heroes of history. By eternalizing the stories of these individuals, I hope that I can remind everyone why we should never take anything in this life for granted. As time goes on, this website will serve as a resource for all generations to understand why we must always honor the ultimate symbols of our freedom.   

 

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The Great Day of Awakening: First Battle of Bull Run

As the great Civil War historian Bruce Catton once wrote, July 21, 1861 was “the great day of awakening for the whole nation, North and South together.” On that scorching hot Sunday, the amateur armies of Union Brigadier General Irvin McDowell and Confederate Generals P. G. T. Beauregard and Joseph E. Johnston clashed along the banks of Bull Run creek, west of the crucial railroad junction at Manassas, Virginia, in the first major land battle of the American Civil War. McDowell had wanted more time to train his raw and inexperienced troops before going into action, but with the enlistments of his ninety-day militia soon set to expire and the Northern public clamoring for his 35,000-strong ar

The Fifty-fourth Massachusetts at Fort Wagner

On Saturday, July 18, 1863, Brigadier General George C. Strong called upon the bearer of the Stars and Stripes, grasped the flag, and asked the soldiers of the Fifty-fourth Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment, “If this man should fall, who will lift the flag and carry it on?” As Adjutant Garth Wilkinson James later reflected, the regiment’s 25-year-old commander, Colonel Robert Gould Shaw, “took a cigar out of his mouth, and said quietly, ‘I will.'” The men of the Fifty-fourth had just seen their first action on July 16, and although tired and exhausted, the men in blue offered “deafening cheers” as they prepared to “plunge themselves into the fiery vortex of hell,” spearheading an att

Battle of Gettysburg: Day Three - Triumph and Tragedy

Before reading about the final fateful day at Gettysburg, please read Day One: The Armies Collide and Day Two: A Time For Heroes. On Friday, July 3, 1863, General Robert E. Lee aimed to finish off the Army of the Potomac, once and for all. After two days of furious fighting at Gettysburg, Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia had come close to wining its greatest glory. With one more forceful push, Lee believed that his invincible soldiers would finish the job, just like they had always done. In the words of the great Civil War historian Bruce Catton, it was “time for this bloody business to come to its climax.” As Union Major General George Gordon Meade had predicted, Lee’s main effort on July 3

Rapid-Fire History: The Declaration of Independence is Read to the Troops

On the evening of Tuesday, July 9, 1776, the American Revolution took on a whole new meaning for the thousands of Continental soldiers who had followed General George Washington from Boston to defend New York City from an imminent British invasion. Ordered by their Commander-in-Chief to gather on the Commons, now City Hall Park, and other parade grounds in Lower Manhattan, the troops were read aloud a document that would change their lives and America’s destiny forever, the Declaration of Independence. Washington’s order of the day for July 9 provided a preview of the immortal words contained within the document, explaining that the Continental Congress had declared “the United Colonies of N

Rapid-Fire History: Vicksburg - The Key is Captured

“Vicksburg is the key,” declared President Abraham Lincoln early in the American Civil War. “The war can never be brought to a close until that key is in our pocket.” On Saturday, July 4, 1863, the Union finally had that key in hand, courtesy of Major General Ulysses S. Grant and his Army of the Tennessee. On what Union Major General William T. Sherman called, “the best Fourth of July since 1776,” Lieutenant General John C. Pemberton surrendered the Confederate stronghold of Vicksburg on the Mississippi River and its beleaguered garrison. After 47 days of siege, nearly 30,000 Rebel soldiers filed “out of their entrenchments, stacked their arms, removed their accouterments, and furled their f

Battle of Gettysburg: Day Two - A Time For Heroes

If you haven't already, please read Battle of Gettysburg: Day One - The Armies Collide before diving into this story. On the morning of Thursday, July 2, 1863, General Robert E. Lee’s blood was up and he was determined to inflict a war-winning blow against the Army of the Potomac. Almost all of Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia had now united at Gettysburg. “There never were such men in an army before,” Lee had written that June. “They will go anywhere and do anything if properly led.” Lee’s army entered the Battle of Gettysburg at the height of its power, but as Lieutenant General James Longstreet studied the enemy lines with his commander, he knew that regardless of the skill and fortitude o

Battle of Gettysburg: Day One - The Armies Collide

On the morning of Wednesday, July 1, 1863, the lead elements of Confederate Major General Henry Heth’s division of Lieutenant General A.P. Hill’s corps took the fate-changing steps towards the crossroads town of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Hoping to grab a reported supply of shoes in Gettysburg, Heth’s advance brigade went forward with confidence, expecting to brush aside nothing more than local militia, but the Southerners quickly discovered that they faced a far greater foe. At approximately 7:30 a.m., Lieutenant Marcellus Jones of the Eighth Illinois Cavalry took sharp aim at the trespassers and pulled the trigger, firing the first shot in what would spiral into “the largest battle ever fou

 

SERVICE THROUGH SKILL

I will use my skills to help anyone that I can. No one will be forgotten and no place is out of reach. 

HISTORIAN

From a very young age I have understood that my place in this world is the result of sacrifices made by others. My passion for Military history helped to fuel that belief and has been a constant in my life ever since. .

SPORTS BROADCASTER

I have been fortunate enough to have worked for the New York Giants, Madison Square Garden, & ESPN Radio Albany. I have hosted my own sports talk show called, The Sports Vault for over 5 years. These experiences continue to enhance my creative capabilities. 

PUBLIC SPEAKER

Nothing brings me more joy than sharing my mission with others. Whether it's in front of a camera, microphone, or classroom, I am open to every form of communication. .

 

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