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Guard Honors African-American Civil War Soldier

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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NY National Guard In the News

Times Union -- Thu, 28 May 2015 Photos: Preparing for wildfires ROUND LAKE --New York Army National Guard UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter crews conducted water bucket training on Thursday over Round Lake.

Stars and Stripes -- Thu, 28 May 2015 NY museum puts 600-plus veterans interviews on YouTube SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y.-- Video interviews of hundreds of veterans from the Empire State are now available on a new YouTube channel established by the New York State Military Museum.

WTEN -- Wed, 27 May 2015 Henry Johnson’s Medal of Honor to be received by local guardsman ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) -- A local army national guardsman will accept the Medal of Honor on behalf of an Albany resident who courageously fought in World War I.

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