U.S. Civil War: Colonel Robert Gould Shaw, 54th Massachusetts
U.S. Civil War: Colonel Robert Gould Shaw, 54th Massachusetts – The 54th Regiment Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry was an infantry regiment that saw extensive service in the Union Army during the American Civil War. The unit was the first African-American regiment organized in the northern states during the Civil War. Authorized by the Emancipation proclamation, the regiment consisted of African-American enlisted men commanded by white officers.
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