Title: 54th Massachusetts Regiment

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Subject: America
Author: Anonymous
Date: January 23, 2017
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Andrew himself. The rest of the officers were painstakingly evaluated by Shaw. The soldiers were recruited by white abolitionists, later known as "The Black Committee." Soon afterwards, a second black regiment, the 55th Massachusetts, was organized and began training. The 54th left Boston to fight for the Union on May 28, 1863, starting off doing only manual labor...

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The regiment gained dishonor in a raid on the town of Darien, Georgia, after being ordered to loot and burn the town by Col. James Montgomery. However, the regiment soon gained international fame on July 18, 1863, when it fronted an assault on Fort Wagner near Charleston, South Carolina. Of the six hundred men that stormed Fort Wagner, one hundred and sixteen, including Colonel Shaw, were killed...

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