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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WRGB -- Thu, 25 May 2017 New York National Guard marks Memorial Day with ceremony LATHAM, NY (WRGB)--National Guardsmen gathered Wednesday to honor New Yorkers who made the ultimate sacrifice, ahead of this Memorial Day weekend.
Greece Post -- Wed, 24 May 2017 Greece soldier takes command of National Guard unit Lt. Col. Michael Fowler, of Greece, recently took command of the 153rd Troop Command in the New York Army National Guard.
Democrat and Chronicle -- Tue, 23 May 2017 Webster resident rises to brigadier general Joseph Biehler, a Webster resident who has served in the New York Army National Guard for 30 years, has been promoted to brigadier general.