This page and its links are about the 54th Massachusetts Infantry. It was the first Black regiment raised in the North to fight in the American Civil War. It was the subject of the 1989 movie Glory. The movie won three Academy Awards, and we watch it in class.
The 54th Massachusetts was led by white officers. Its Colonel was Robert Gould Shaw. In the movie he is played by Matthew Broderick. Although it is not mentioned in the movie, Col. Shaw and his immediate family lived on Staten Island from the time he was nine years old. His was left buried on Morris Island near Charleston, South Carolina where he fell in battle during the assault on Fort Wagner. But there is a marker for him on his family's plot in Moravian Cemetery on Richmond Road.
Most of the material listed here will be used in class. It is here as a tribute to the 54th Massachusetts and to assist students.
Glory Class Material