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A Brave Black Regiment
In January 1863 the Union War Department authorized the creation of "a special corps" composed of "persons of African descent"—the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, commanded by Col. Robert Gould Shaw. Hundreds of free blacks enlisted. When the 54th Massachusetts spearheaded the suicidal charge against Fort Wagner on July 18, 1863, the regiment was showered with accla...more
Paperback, 452 pages
Published March 22nd 1995 by Da Capo Press
(first published March 21st 1995)
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Written by Louis F. Emilio after the war of his experiences as a captain in the 54th and 55th Massachusetts Volunteers, A Brave Black Regiment is a true to life account of these two regiments exploits in the civil war. Watch Glory, but read this book and Blue Eyed Child of Fortune (from the letters of Robert Gould Shaw of his war experiences). A Brave Black Regiment shows that fact is far more riveting than fiction and you get to see the real privations that the 54th went through before and afte...more
This is the authoritative first-person account of the 54th Massachusetts regiment from the Civil War (featured in the movie Glory). I was reading it for research for a novel that I'm writing, but it's also an interesting story to anyone interested in Civil War history. The 54th is known for its dramatic (failed) charge at Battery Wagner on Morris Island, as well as for being one of the first black regiments in the war. They differed from the earliest regiments (like the First South Carolina Volu...more