The 54th Regiment
Antietam & the Beginning of the 54th
- Col. Robert Gould Shaw was at the Battle of Antietam when he got shot below the ear and decided to go home.
- Frederick Douglass greeted Gould Shaw and invited him to lead a new regiment, full of free African Americans and runaway slaves.
- He accepted the offer and started training soldiers as soon as he could.
Due to the training and work, the soldiers' shoes were rubbing their feet raw, and the suppliers wouldn't give them shoes because they were a "colored" regiment. Also, people thought that they weren't going to go into battle, but when Gould Shaw started blackmailing the people so they could get a chance to fight, and they did.