Article below discusses the ancestor of Vanessa Williams.
The African American Civil War Museum in Washington, D.C. is preparing to close its doors at its current location and presented its last civil war soldier - David Carll of Oyster Bay, on Aug. 7, 2010.
The presentation was made by Frank Carl of New York, NY and Gilbert McDonald of Odenton, MD., the descendants of David Carl of the 26th United States Colored Troops. The regiment was organized at Riker’s Island, New York Harbor, February 27, 1864. The regiment was deployed to South Carolina in April 1864. There it saw action in 1864 and 1865, according to the museum.
While doing research on the soldier, David Carll’s great-great-great grandson, Gil Frank McDonald, uncovered a 145-year-old “tin-type” photograph of the civil war soldier taken in 1865. The photo was not tucked away in a family member’s attic, but discovered in David Carll’s Civil War pension records at the National Archives in Washington, D.C.