Tag Archives: 54th Massachusetts

“Now It Seems Strange To Me That We Do Not Receive The Same Pay”

Last weekend, I spent some time looking at primary sources addressing the pay inequality experienced by African American soldiers during the Civil War and what that represented and meant. The soldiers’ own letters provide reminders of the racism these men … Continue reading

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The 30th Anniversary of Glory, Celebrated by the 54th Mass, Co. B

On July 21, 2019, in solidarity with my fellow members of the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Company B, I attended the 30th Anniversary showing of the movie Glory. Although several of the 54th were in Bowie, Maryland, I attended the … Continue reading

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Remembering Sergeant Carney

One hundred and eighteen years ago today—May 23, 1900—William H. Carney received the Medal of Honor for actions in July 1863 during the Civil War.  President William McKinley, who issued the Medal in the name of Congress (hence the oft-used … Continue reading

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Turning Point: Assault on Battery Wagner by the 54th Massachusetts

Around a small hamlet in southern Pennsylvania, Robert E. Lee’s vaunted Army of Northern Virginia was stymied and driven back after three days, July 1st through the 3rd, of bloodletting at the Battle of Gettysburg. A turning point in the … Continue reading

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Battlefield Markers & Monuments: African American Civil War Memorial & USCT Memorial

My favorite monument is the African American Civil War Memorial in my hometown, Washington, D.C. and my second favorite is the United States Colored Troops Memorial in Lexington Park, MD. I observed the dedications of both of these monuments. The … Continue reading

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Question of the Week: 6/19-6/25/17

In a recent guest post, historian Winifred Maloney recounted the appearance of reenactors from the 54th Massachusetts Infantry—the black unit depicted in the movie Glory—presenting the colors at a Boston Red Sox game. Her thoughtful commentary sparked a comment by … Continue reading

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The USCT and The Boston Red Sox: Missed Opportunity or Fenway Redemption?

Today, we are pleased to welcome guest author Winifred Maloney. On May 23, my family and I attended a game between the Boston Red Sox and Texas Rangers. As a lifelong Red Sox fan whose first trip to Fenway Park was … Continue reading

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On Location: Charleston’s Battery

It’s been a windy few days in Charleston, which you’ll be able to hear, but I wanted to bring you on location to one of my favorite spots in the city…. For more information…

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“Many Things More to Be Feared Than Death”

At the Friday evening panel session of the Third Annual Emerging Civil War Symposium at Stevenson Ridge, an audience member asked a question that I answered and Chris Kolakowski expanded upon. The topic of the discussion was “Great Attacks of … Continue reading

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Fredericksburg, My Favorite City in Virginia (part four)

part four of five During some of these visits to the city with my mother, I would stop at my Aunt Hattie’s house and she would always have food for us, until she got too old to cook the way … Continue reading

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