Massachusetts African-American volunteer infantry
- This was the first military unit consisting of African-American soldiers to be raised in the north during the civil war after the emancipation proclamation.
- One-quarter of the men who volunteered came from slave states and the Caribbean.
- Two of the most famous enlistees were Charles and Lewis Douglass, two sons of the abolitionist Fredrick Douglass.
- The African-American soldiers got paid $10 , and the white soldiers got paid $3 more .
- The 54th regiment was authorized in March of 1863, its significance was to show that African American men were just as brave and courageous and capable as white men were.
Colonel Robert Gould Shaw
He commanded the 54th regiment.
This is at the battle at Fort Wagner
272 men out of the 600 men of the 54th regiment who fought at Fort Wagner were killed, injured or captured.
Colonel Shaw enlisted 600 African-American men to be the 54th regiment of Massachusetts.
Morgan Freeman played Sgt. Maj. John Rawlins
In 1989 he won best actor for this film.
You would see flyers like these after the emancipation proclamation