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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Nationalguard.mil -- Thu, 16 Aug 2018 200 New York National Guard members respond to flood threat BINGHAMTON, N.Y. -Two hundred New York National Guard Soldiers and Airmen were on state active duty on Wednesday after as much as 6.83 inches of rain fell on some parts of the Finger Lakes... (more)
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KYIV Post -- Mon, 13 Aug 2018 Rotation of US military instructors under JMTG-U takes place in Lviv Soldiers from the 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment out of the Tennessee National Guard participate have replaced the New York National Guard's 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team at the Joint... (more)