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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Army.mil -- Tue, 26 Jul 2016 New York Cavalry Scouts are early warning for 27th Infantry Brigade at JRTC FORT POLK, La. -- Hidden deep in the tree line of Fort Polk, La., are dozens of cavalry scouts, watching and waiting for enemy forces to move through their area, July 23, 2016.
Time Warner Cable News -- Mon, 25 Jul 2016 Historic Promotion in New York Air National Guard A Ballston Spa woman made New York history Monday, as she reached the top enlisted rank of the New York Air National Guard.
Defense.gov -- Mon, 25 Jul 2016 Soldiers Participate in Mass Casualty Exercise Soldiers participate during a mass casualty exercise at the Joint Readiness Training Center, Fort Polk, La., July 16, 2016. Photos by Army National Guard Sgt. Harley Jelis