MENANDS, NY-A New York Army National Guard Color Guard joins Civil War reenactors and members of the Patriot Guard, in honoring Civil War Soldier 1st Sgt. William Francis, a member of the famed 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, the first Black unit to fight in the Union Army. Local Civil War historians identified Francis' unmarked grave at historic Albany Rural Cemetery and arranged for the Veterans Administration to provide a new stone to mark his final resting place.
Francis, who enlisted as a private, served throughout the Civil War, including the 54th's assault on Fort Wagner, South Carolina, made famous in the 1989 movie "Glory".
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Associated Press -- Mon, 26 Sep 2016 Lincoln casket replica on display at Saratoga museum SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) A replica of President Abraham Lincoln's casket is on display at a museum in Saratoga Springs.
Lohud.com -- Sun, 25 Sep 2016 Brush Fire Burns in Camp Smith Area CORTLANDT - Firefighters spent more than seven hours battling a brush fire that spread to about three acres near the Camp Smith military reservation Sunday afternoon.
Defense.gov -- Sun, 25 Sep 2016 Air, Army Guardsmen Patrol Landmarks in New York New York Air and Army National Guardsmen patrols multiple locations in New York City, Sept. 21, 2016, following the recent bombings in Manhattan and New Jersey. The patrols are part of Joint... (more)