Massachusetts 54th Regiment
By: Ethan Grissom
What did they do??
The Regiment was not well trained, but went to fight at Fort Wagner in Charleston, South Carolina, a key Confederate Port. The whole Union was interested to see how the Regiment would do. So they were to capture a Southern Fort and prove blacks could fight
Important men to the regiment.
Risked his life to save the Union Flag. First black man to receive the Congressional Medal of Honor
Robert Gould Shaw
The captain of the unit. Bravely kept the unit fighting while wounded.
Major Quincy Gilmore
Was a drill sergeant for the regiment. He turned men into soldiers.
How did they do???
In Fort Wagner, they were severely out numbered, and had very little chance for victory. But they fought bravely. About half of them died including Captain Robert Gould Shaw. However, they did big damage to the Fort, and proved that African Americans could fight. Eventually 100,000 African Americans fought in the Civil War, which was 10% of the Union army.
Why are they important today?
The Massachusetts 54th Regiment was the first regiment to have all black soldiers. Without them millions of blacks would have never fought for our country if not for them.