Uncle Sam: The legend
Troy, New York has been associated with Uncle Sam since the War of 1812.
As the story goes … during the war, Sam Wilson was a meat packer living and working in Troy, New York. He obtained a contract to supply beef to the Army, which he shipped in barrels. As government property, the barrels were branded with the initials “U.S.,” but soldiers joked that the initials referred to “Uncle Sam”.… Entire article