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Guard Honors African-American Civil War Soldier

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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Department of Defense -- Tue, 24 Mar 2015 Airmen Participate in Training on Fort Drum (photo essay)

Buffalo News -- Mon, 23 Mar 2015 New videos focus on wider role for Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station LOCKPORT -- Two marketing videos, aimed at convincing Washington decision-makers to expand the role of the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station, were unveiled earlier this month.

Times Union -- Mon, 23 Mar 2015 Photos: Guard deployment ceremony in Troy Fifty-six New York Army National Guard soldiers are slated to deploy to the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba in April, and their deployment ceremony took place Sunday in Troy.

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