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Guard Honors African-American Civil War Soldier
Photo by Eric Durr, Division of Military and Naval Affairs (Released)
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".

NY National Guard In the News

Oneonta Daily Star -- Wed, 22 Oct 2014

National Guard to offer disaster training

The National Guard will be at the State University College at Oneonta on Thursday to present a Citizen Preparedness Corps Training, according to a recent release

midHudsonnews.com -- Tue, 21 Oct 2014

Naval Militia practices coastal searches on Hudson

PEEKSKILL -- New York Naval Militia sailors are spending the weekend practicing day and night searches of coastal areas of the Hudson off Peekskill and Haverstraw.

WSYR -- Mon, 20 Oct 2014

Seven good Samaritans honored for helping rescue National Guard Officer in fiery Thruway crash

Syracuse (WSYR-TV) - Two New York Army National Guard soldiers along with five civilians are being honored for risking their lives to save a National Guardsman from a fiery car crash on the... (more)

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