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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Long Island.com -- Wed, 23 Sep 2015 Governor Cuomo Announces Enhanced Security Preparations for Pope Francis’ Albany, NY - September 23, 2015 - Governor Cuomo highlighted a number of security enhancements taking place to support Pope Francis’ visit to New York, coinciding with the United... (more)
East Niagara Post -- Wed, 23 Sep 2015 Lockport’s Giambrone re-enlists in National Guard LATHAM - Staff Sergeant Joseph Giambrone from Lockport has reenlisted to continue service with the New York Army National Guard 102nd Military Police Battalion.
The Daily Star -- Wed, 23 Sep 2015 Military News Maj. Gen. Patrick A. Murphy, adjutant general for the state of New York,announced the promotion of members of the New York Army National Guard: