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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

WTEN -- Thu, 21 May 2015 National Guard honors military forces ahead of Memorial Day (Video) LATHAM, N.Y. (NEWS10) -- The New York National Guard conducted a pre-Memorial Day ceremony honoring military members who have died while serving their nation.

Army.mil -- Thu, 21 May 2015 New York Command Sergeant Major to receive Medal of Honor for World War I hero LATHAM, N.Y. (May 20, 2015) -- New York Army National Guardsman, Louis Wilson, has done a lot in a 39-year career.

Associated Press -- Thu, 21 May 2015 NY National Guard holding annual Memorial Day ceremony ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- The New York National Guard will be conducting a pre-Memorial Day ceremony honoring military members who have died while serving their nation.

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