Massachusetts 54th Exhibit

A look at the Massachusetts 54th All African American Unit

Who Were the Massachusetts 54th

The Massachusetts 54th was the first African-American Regiment created for the civil war. They were strong and most of them in their early 20's to late 30's. Most of them were slaves that were sent free and came to fight for the union. Not many of them had fighting experience.

Picture is of the Massachusetts 54th In their Uniforms.

The Arrival at the Training Camp

When they arrived they were already being discriminated. They were called nasty names. Also they were getting no respect from anyone right away.

Their first Experience of being trained

When they were being trained if they did anything wrong they would be called nasty names. They didn't have proper clothes and they didn't have socks so there feet were bad. They got good training though.

Arriving Back to where they began.

They forgot how hot it was, they were seeing people they grew up with, saying they will get them out because they are soldier now.

1st Assingment

When they arrived to the town they were told to look for any supplies. Also as they were done getting the supplies they were told to burn the city so no one can salvage anything from this town.

No fighting just labor

At first all they did was labor. Making houses for the fighters making bridges to get across. Making poles to put the wire in to communicate.

1st Battle

They fought well using their guns, they got them to retreat, then they came back with more men and they got into hand to hand fighting and also did great there, they also won the battle.


On the attack on fort Wagner there has to be a first group that goes in and gets far enough that the others can climb in the fort. Also the first group will lose at least 1/2 the men.

The attack

First they are running on the sand and cannons are going off they have lost quite a few by now. Then they hide in the sand dunes until night. Then they attack they lose all of their men once they get in they get cannoned.

The outcome

Well the outcome of the attack was not good. They lost a lot of men and did not get the fort. But the 54th helped get the other african americans in the army. They let them in after that attack.