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 -- Tue, 27 Feb 2024 Duty Calls: Three 42nd Infantry Division leaders on the move Three top leaders of the New York Army National Guards Troy-based 42nd Infantry Division are on the move. Joseph Biehler of Webster, Monroe County, a veteran of Afghanistan and Iraq wars,... (more)
The Valley Breeze -- Tue, 27 Feb 2024 Fiorentino promoted to Army National Guard One Star General WORCESTER, Mass. Peter Fiorentino, a Cumberland resident and a veteran of combat operations in Iraq, became the New York Army National Guard's newest one-star general on Jan. 26. Fiorentino,... (more)
WHAM ROCHESTER -- Sat, 24 Feb 2024 National Guard partners with Mission of Hope to host emergency preparedness event Rochester, N.Y. The National Guard and Homeland Security partnered with the Mission of Hope Friday to teach citizens how to be ready for any kind of emergency. Whether it be natural,... (more)