Image: Colonel Robert Gould Shaw Twenty thousand people turned out to see Colonel Shaw and the regiment off. On May 28, 1861, Shaw was formally commissioned as a second lieutenant into Company H of the 2nd Massachusetts Infantry, with which he fought in the first Battle of Winchester, and the battles of Cedar Mountain, and Antietam. When the war began it was only to preserve the Union, as important a goal as that was. If they have possession of the city, of course, such a small force as ours could do no good outside of it. They did not reach the capital, however.
Massachusetts had a small black population, but within two months they had recruited 1,000 black men from throughout the Union who became part of the 54th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment, the first all-black regiment raised in the free states. Parenting Points: Before watching the movie, prepare your children for the violence they will witness in the film tell them that this film is one of few examples of the experience of black soldiers, over 30,000 of which fought in the Civil War. We had scout and skirmishers all around and about, for we had been positively assured that we should be attacked by a large body of cavalry. He introduces himself to the men, and bids them good morning. It took sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens almost 14 years to complete. Shaw was the son of Sarah and Francis Shaw, two radical Unitarians who were among the first to embrace Transcendentalism, feminism, and abolitionism. The day was very hot and breezeless, until a late afternoon thunderstorm drenched the men; the temperature dropped and the evening was damp and cold.
Nevertheless, the assault proved to be a turning point for black soldiers, serving to dismiss any lingering skepticism among whites about the combat readiness of African Americans. No claim to copyright is made as to those items. Another 200,000 black civilians—men and women—dug trenches, hauled away the dead, cooked meals, and performed other such gritty jobs. Robert entered Harvard College in August 1856, but left the school after completing his junior year in order to work for his uncle in his mercantile offices in New York City. Fort Wagner stood on Morris Island, guarding the approach to Charleston harbor.
The unofficial leaders of the group are gravedigger John Rawlins Morgan Freeman and fugitive slave Trip Denzel Washington , respectively representing the brains and heart of the organization. Opening passages, meant to portray the Battle of Antietam, show volunteer military filmed at a major engagement at the battlefield. The men feign battle with the new rifles, reminding Shaw of Antietam and leaving him shell-shocked. Goodbye the drum is beating. However, the Confederate Infantry returned fire with the cover of a smoke screen. By the morning of April 25, 1861, residents of Washington had been expecting a Confederate attack for almost two weeks; for the last five days, the city had been completely cut off from the rest of the nation.
He mentions to Shaw that he he could try some alcohol he had on hand, and Shaw leaves in a huff. Here you will find unforgettable moments, scenes and lines from all your favorite films. The only remaining space for the newly arrived Massachusetts men was the Rotunda, open to the sky beneath the uncompleted dome. . It had a 10-inch Great Bombard, three smooth 432 Pounders, a 42-lber Carronade, a 10-inch Coast Mortar and 4 12-lbers. It won many other awards from, among others, the , the , the Kansas City Film Critics Circle, the , and the. The Chicago Sun-Times, January 12, 1990 Howe, Desson.
He was placed on display inside the fort for a brief time before being thrown in the bottom of a large pit. The stunningly courageous performance of the 54th Massachusetts at Fort Wagner—and of other black units in other settings in the summer of 1863—changed all this. Colonel Shaw teaches the men a lesson on the meaning of war-on the battlefield, they won't have all the time in the world to load their rifles. The 1965 film also depicted black soldiers fighting for the Union, but the script suggested the Union army at that time was integrated. It was a massive earthwork, 600 feet wide and made from sand piled 30 feet high.
Those heroes were the all-black members of the 54th Regiment of the Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, headed by Col. Another Column of Confederate Troops advanced into a melee battle. The Blu-ray disc version of the film was released on June 2, 2009. The 103rd was organized at Hilton Head, S. Suggested Response: Answers will vary. In a February 1863 letter to Annie Haggerty, Shaw wrote: You know how many eminent men consider a Negro army of the greatest importance to our country at this time. The feeling of affection that has sprung up between us is really beautiful! The 54th Regiment advanced, but was mowed down by heavy Musketry and Cannon Fire, even heavier than at Antietam.
They will make good soldiers and taking them from the enemy weakens him in the same proportion they strengthen us. Unsure of what he wanted to do with his life, Shaw dropped out before completing his studies. The family decided to gift the sword to the Massachusetts Historical Society, where it is now in the hands of curator Anne Bentley. Their families were present to bid them farewell. Follow Disunion at or join us. Shortly after Christmas 1862, Shaw visited Annie at the Haggerty farm in Lenox, Massachusetts, and they discussed their future together and Annie promised herself to him. When the rest of our men had got up to where we stopped, and we had all rested and taken a nip at our crackers and beef, six crackers and three pieces dried beef for three days! Be sure to include a bibliography at the end of your report and use only credible reference sites.