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Fri Jul 3, 2015, 11:45 PM

Since we're bent on remembering the Civil War this 4th of July, Remember Fort Wagner

To those waving the treasonous rag of the confederacy this 4th of July, remember this sacrifice.

Fort Wagner and the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry



Colonel Robert Shaw

Tired, hungry and proud, the black soldiers of the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry stood in the light of the setting sun and awaited the call to battle on the evening of July 18, 1863. The air was filled with the rumble of big guns, and the very ground on Morris Island, South Carolina, trembled beneath their feet. The regiment’s baptism of fire had come only two days before, but the memories of that sharp skirmish had already begun to fade in the shadow of the awesome task that now lay before them.

The path that had brought these determined men to the embattled sands of South Carolina had been a long one, born of idealism and fraught with difficulty. That they had succeeded in the face of bigotry and doubt was due in great measure to the colonel who led them. Slight and fair-haired, Robert Gould Shaw appeared even younger than his 25 years. But despite his initial trepidations, the Harvard-educated son of abolitionist parents had assumed the weighty responsibilities of command, and never wavered in his fervent resolve to show friend and foe alike that black soldiers were the fighting equals of their white counterparts.

Suddenly, a mounted general and his staff rode up before the assembled ranks. The officer was handsome and smartly dressed, and grasped the reins of his prancing gray steed with white-gloved hands. Brigadier General George C. Strong pointed down the stretch of sand to the sinister hump of a Confederate earthwork that loomed amidst the roiling smoke and spitting fire of the guns. Loudly, Strong asked, ‘Is there a man here who thinks himself unable to sleep in that fort tonight?’ ‘No!’ shouted the 54th.

The general called out the bearer of the national colors, and grasped the flag. ‘If this man should fall, who will lift the flag and carry it on?’ After the briefest of pauses, Shaw stepped forward, and taking a cigar from between his teeth responded, ‘I will.’ The colonel’s pledge elicited what Adjutant Garth Wilkinson James later described as ‘the deafening cheers of this mighty host of men, about to plunge themselves into the fiery vortex of hell:’


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William Carney - 54th Massachusetts. Medal of Honor Winner

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Sat Jul 4, 2015, 01:10 AM

1. "Follow me"

You guys set the standard for the rest of us.

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Sat Jul 4, 2015, 04:31 AM

2. K&R!

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Sat Jul 4, 2015, 05:57 AM

3. GIVE 'EM HELL 54

 



The memorial on Boston Common:

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Response to WilliamPitt (Reply #3)

Sat Jul 4, 2015, 02:49 PM

4. One of my favorite scenes

Another was when they got their boots. Boots hold a very special place in the hearts of infantrymen and I'm glad they showed that.

Boston is on my bucket list and that memorial is one place I want to see.

Have a good 4th.

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