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.
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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.