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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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LoHud.com -- Fri, 24 Apr 2015 Naval Militia to test high-tech speakers on Hudson It’s not likely to be a peaceful day on the Hudson River.

Department of Defense -- Wed, 22 Apr 2015 Guardsmen Train During Force-On-Force Exercise Airmen receive a mission briefing before participating in a "force on force" exercise during training on Camp Smith, New York, April 12, 2015. The airmen are assigned to the New... (more)

Ar my.mil -- Tue, 21 Apr 2015 New York, New Jersey National Guard rehearse terror attack response JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST, N.J. (April 20, 2015) -- More than 800 Soldiers and Airmen from the New York and New Jersey National Guard tested their ability to respond to terrorist attacks... (more)

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