Author: dr george h junne, jr title: 54th massachusetts volunteer infantry regiment (colored) the most famous african american regiment of the civil war was the massachusetts 54th, renowned for its assault on fort wagner. The doomed assault on fort wagner won the 54th massachusetts a place in history, but did not win the battle for the north no regiment could have carried the fort that day. Creating 'the glorious 54th gooding had enlisted in a new regiment designated the 54th massachusetts infantry, and hoped to inspire other recruits our people must know that if they are ever to attain. The black soldiers of the 54th massachusetts regiment of the civil war after the passage of the emancipation proclamation the 54th unit was organized by the governor of massachusetts john a andrew and commanded by colonel robert gould shaw. 54th massachusetts regiment 53 likes celebrating augustus saint-gaudens' magisterial shaw memorial (1883-1900), and the real soldiers of the 54th.
In february 1863, the united states raised its first army regiment of black soldiers during the civil war massachusetts gov john a andrew received approval from us secretary of war edwin stanton jan 15, 1863, to recruit persons of african descent, organized into special corps to fight. A 54th massachusetts regiment recruiting poster is to the right casualty list for the 54th massachusetts national archives during it assault upon fort wagner, the 54th massachusetts, the lead regiment in the federal attack, suffered 272 casualties. Written in glory letters from the soldiers and officers of the 54th massachusetts the 54th massachusetts volunteer infantry regiment was the first such regiment raised among free negroes of the north the 54th massachusetts fought through the rest of the civil war with distinction. Augustus saint-gaudens (1848 1907), robert gould shaw and the 54th regiment memorial, beacon and park streets, boston, ma, 1884-1897 bronze, 11 x 14 ft (335 x 427 m) credit: photograph courtesy of carol m highsmith understand how saint-gaudens expressed the heroism of the massachusetts. Shaw served earlier in the seventh new york national guard and the second massachusetts infantry and had combat experience photographs and/or information of members of the 54th massachusetts: photographs of books on the 54th a brave black regiment: the history of the 54th.
The 54th massachusetts was the first all-black regiment to fight in the civil war their heroism in the nearly hopeless charge on fort wagner inspired many in the north. Just one month after president abraham lincoln issued the emancipation proclamation, the 54th regiment massachusetts volunteer infantry unit was formed on fe. To commemorate black history month, we celebrate the story of the 54th massachusetts infantry regiment, the first african american unit of the us army. The 54th regiment of massachusetts volunteer infantry was the first black regiment to be recruited in the north robert gould shaw, a young white officer from a prominent boston family, volunteered for its command the 54th regiment trained in readville (in the present day hyde park. Fighting for glory: the history and legacy of the 54th massachusetts volunteer infantry regiment [charles river editors] on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers includes pictures of important people, places, and events includes accounts of the fighting at fort wagner written by. Dominique daniels talks with reenactor joshua washington of the 54th massachusetts regiment in a reenactment off of north irby street on saturday, oct 5, 2013.
The 54th massachusetts regiment is the best known african american fighting unit formed during the civil war it was commanded by colonel robert gould shaw, a white abolitionist from massachusetts the regiment took heavy casualties during the war and gained everlasting fame. On a spring day in 1863, 1,007 african-american soldiers of the 54th massachusetts regiment disembarked at boston south station with 37 white officers and paraded in full dress uniform across boston common. Robert gould shaw and the 54th regiment the robert gould shaw and massachusetts 54 th regiment memorial, located across beacon street from the state house, serves as a reminder of the heavy cost paid by individuals and families during the civil war. In march 1863, after the emancipation proclamation, massachusetts governor john a andrew gave his approval for the creation of the 54th regiment. Union colonel robert gould shaw led the legendary the 54th massachusetts regiment, one of the first official black military units in the united states. The 54th massachusetts regiment date(s): february 20, 1864: location(s): columbia, florida: the 54 th massachusetts regiment of the civil war was made up entirely of african americans, except for its white officers because it was the first black regiment to be organized in the north.
The 54th massachusetts regiment was the first time in us history that blacks were recruited into the us military at the time, northerners weren't nec. This roster includes names of more than 1,500 soldiers and officers who served with the 54th massachusetts regiment at some point between march 1863 and april 1865 the men's age, enlistment and mustered out dates, place of origin, profession at enlistment, rank, and company are also provided if.