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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National Guard.mil -- Tue, 30 Jun 2015 New York Army Guard Soldiers hone mission command skills during Fort Drum exercise FORT DRUM, N.Y. - New York Army National Guard Lt. Col. Kevin Ferreira maneuvered his computer-generated UH-60 helicopter above the pixelated terrain below
Watertown Times -- Mon, 29 Jun 2015 Fort Drum soldiers aid combined National Guard training exercise FORT DRUM -- Soldiers from the post helped raise the difficulty and realism for National Guard troops during a recent exercise with units from several states.
Washington Times -- Sun, 28 Jun 2015 Medal of Honor recipient’s story finally comes to light NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - It’s time to set the record straight for Sgt. Henry Johnson.