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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Times Union -- Mon, 30 Nov 2015 New sergeant Lucian McCarty of Schuylerville was promoted to sergeant in the New York Army National Guard.
Associated Press -- Sun, 29 Nov 2015 New York National Guard sending Christmas cheers with trees to military Soldiers and airmen from the New York National Guard are helping in the annual effort to send Christmas trees to military bases around the country and overseas.
The Saratogian -- Sat, 21 Nov 2015 New Air Guard exhibit opens at New York State Military Museum SARATOGA SPRINGS-- A Soviet-made anti-aircraft gun captured by U.S. Marines during the 1991 Persian Gulf War is the focal point of a new exhibit at the New York State Military Museum, 61 Lake... (more)