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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Oswego County Today -- Fri, 22 Sep 2017 Liepke Gets Promoted In New York Army National Guard LATHAM, NY Oswego resident Matthew Liepke, MD, has been promoted to Colonel in the New York Army National Guard.
Times Union -- Fri, 22 Sep 2017 Clifton Park woman leading 105th Airlift Wing Col. Denise Donnell of Clifton Park has assumed command of the 105th Airlift Wing at Stewart Air National Guard Base, Newburgh.
Associated Press -- Wed, 20 Sep 2017 Long Island gets ready as Jose swings by DIX HILLS, N.Y. (AP) - New York officials say National Guard members, emergency equipment and supplies are ready on Long Island in case tropical storm conditions occur there.