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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Watertown Daily Times -- Fri, 24 Jul 2015 National Guard soldiers prepare for bigger missions at Fort Drum FORT DRUM - The mission was clear on Range 10B for the National Guard engineers of Alpha Company, 27th Brigade Special Troops Battalion: Make room. Approaching a razor wire line, they had... (more)
WSYR TV -- Thu, 23 Jul 2015 Inside the life of a soldier training at Fort Drum Fort Drum (WSYR-TV)- 4,000 soldiers from the National Guard’s 27th Infantry Brigade are undergoing an intense 3-week annual training at Fort Drum. While soldiers train, it’s... (more)
CBS Evening News -- Sun, 19 Jul 2015 Reporter’s Notebook: 72 hours in Greenland CBS News producer T. Sean Herbert recently traveled to Greenland for an assignment on climate change. He filed this Reporter’s Notebook on his experience. Sunday, June 28 The alarm... (more)