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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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USA Today Network -- Wed, 01 Dec 2021 Hochul deploying National Guard to aid short-staffed NY nursing homes. What to know Gov. Kathy Hochul on Wednesday deployed 60 National Guard medical teams to aid nursing homes in New York facing staffing shortages amid surging COVID-19 infections. The medical teams will... (more)

Army.mil -- Wed, 01 Dec 2021 NY National Guard volunteers support Trees for Troops BALLSTON SPA, N.Y. Fifteen New York National Guard volunteers joined veterans at Ellms Tree Farm on Nov. 29 to load 110 Christmas trees as part of the Trees for Troops program. New York... (more)

Spectrum News -- Wed, 01 Dec 2021 State deploying 13 National Guard teams to help Monroe County hospitals ROCHESTER, N.Y. During a news conference on Wednesday in Rochester, New York Lt. Gov. Brian Benjamin announced the state would be sending 13 National Guard teams to Monroe County to help... (more)

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