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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Times Union -- Mon, 20 Feb 2017 Gillibrand tours Stratton Air Base; emphasizes support for missions in Greenland, Antarctica During a tour of the Stratton Air National Guard Base on Sunday, U.S. Sen. Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand stressed the importance of the country's continued presence on the Earth's North and... (more)
Auburn Citizen -- Sat, 18 Feb 2017 Military Notes: Cayuga County National Guardsmen promoted LATHAM - Maj. Gen. Anthony P. German, the adjutant general for the state of New York, has announced the recent promotion of members of the New York Army National Guard in recognition of their... (more)
Army.mil -- Tue, 14 Feb 2017 New York National Guard's 27th Brigade picks Best Warriors at Fort Drum competition FORT DRUM N.Y. -- Physical fitness, land navigation skills, military bearing, weapons knowledge and the ability to think under pressure all came into play Feb. 10-12 as 12 Soldiers from the... (more)