A Brave Black Regiment: The History of the Fifty-fourth Regiment of Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, 1863-1865

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Da Capo Press, 1995 - History - 452 pages
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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 acclaim, but that defining event was not its only illustrious moment. After the devastating repulse at Fort Wagner left all of the unit's ranking officers dead or wounded, Captain Luis F. Emilio (1844–1918) emerged as the 54th's acting commander. A Brave Black Regiment offers an unparalleled, moving, inside view of the entire history of the 54th Massachusetts, from recruitment through disbandment. With a new introduction, rare, previously unpublished photos of Emilio and members of the 54th, the complete regimental roster, and his lengthy appendix concerning Confederate treatment of black prisoners-of-war, this Da Capo Press/Persues Books Group edition is certain to remain definitive for a long time to come.
  

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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 ... Read full review

Contents

OfcMOHt PA8B I Recruiting
1
Readville Camp
19
The Sea Islands
35
IV Descent on James Islam
51
The Greater Assault on Wagner
69
Siege of Wagneb
105
Bombardment of Charleston
129
Ojlustek
148
Siege of Charleston
217
Honey Hill
236
Operations about Focotaligo
254
Chakleston and Savannah
277
Potters Raid
289
Final Service
310
Roster
317
Appendix 898
393

Morris Island
188
Attack on James Island
199

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