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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The Evening Standard (UK) -- Wed, 16 May 2018 New York National Guard deployed as deadly storm batters US The National Guard has been called to help victims of a powerful storm which pounded the north-east of America.
CBS 2 -- Wed, 16 May 2018 Cuomo Declares State Of Emergency In 4 Counties As Storm Cleanup Begins NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) - The cleanup is underway Wednesday in New York after severe storms ripped through the area, leaving a trail of destruction.
France 24 -- Mon, 14 May 2018 Henry Johnson, Harlem soldier and forgotten WWI hero A century ago, a young African-American soldier singlehandedly fought off a group of German soldiers in the French trenches of the First World War. But his heroism was largely forgotten by... (more)