“We Fight for Men and Women Whose Poetry has Not Yet Been Written…” Remembering Robert Gould Shaw and the 54th Massachusetts 

I learned of the 54th Regiment by watching the movie “Glory.” It was so interesting that I then purchased a book about it. Thanks for this post.

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When it learned that the Federal Government was recruiting African Americans, both free men and former slaves as soldiers the Confederate Congress issued this proclamation:

“Any negro taken in arms against the Confederacy will immediately be returned to a state of slavery. Any negro taken in Federal uniform will be summarily put to death. Any white officer taken in command of negro troops shall be deemed as inciting servile insurrection and shall likewise be put to death.”

Those who doubt that the leaders of the Confederacy fought the war for any “state right” other than the maintenance and expansion of slavery needs to look at the actions and words of that racist republic.

One hundred and fifty-four years ago today one of those African American regiments went into action against the Confederate works at Battery Wagner, outside of Charleston, South Carolina. The 54th was raised…

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Posted on 07/18/2017, in Black History Month and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. yahtzeebutterfly

    I am so glad you reblogged Padre Steve’s super article, Xena!

    The movieGlory was fabulous in portraying the courage and steadfast determination of the members of the 54th Regiment of Massachusetts. So moving!

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  2. Here’s a clip from the movie “Glory”.

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  3. Very good movie and very good actors who portrayed the heroes in the movie. To me, everyone was a hero and one day I would love to visit different areas of where they have fought and died, just to say… “Hey, I’ve been there.” It is a shame that today we are all fighting the same battles even though those battles are done very differently today.


    • cfbostonbrian,
      I love the movie “Glory.” After I first watched it, I picked up a Life book on the Civil War. I remember it saying that the Confederates thought it was would shameful to Gould’s family to bury him with the Black soldiers, but his mom said that he would not have wanted anything differently because he was proud of the 54th Massachusetts.

      Yes, I agree that we fight the same battles today but differently. That’s because laws on paper and Constitutional amendments do not change the hearts of mankind.


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