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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NationalGuard.mil -- Wed, 27 Jul 2016 New York Army Guard records expert helps National Guard vets prove service WATERVLIET, N.Y.--If you served in the New York Army National Guard after 1950, Stephen Essex has your numberalong with lots of other information about you.
Army.mil -- Wed, 27 Jul 2016 New Yorks 'Fighting 69th' faces off against opposing force and tests skills With the sound of rotor blades echoing in the central Louisiana night, hundreds of Soldiers from the New York Army National Guard's 1st Battalion, 69th Infantry conducted an aerial movement... (more)
Defense.gov -- Wed, 27 Jul 2016 Soldiers Participate in Live-Fire Training at Fort Polk, La. Soldiers participate in live-fire training at the Joint Readiness Training Center in Fort Polk, La., July 25, 2016. The soldiers are assigned to the New York Army National Guard.