History of the Fifty-Fourth Regiment of Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, 1863–1865. Second edition, revised and corrected, with appendix upon treatment of colored prisoners of war. Luis F. Emilio.
History of the Fifty-Fourth Regiment of Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, 1863–1865. Second edition, revised and corrected, with appendix upon treatment of colored prisoners of war.
History of the Fifty-Fourth Regiment of Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, 1863–1865. Second edition, revised and corrected, with appendix upon treatment of colored prisoners of war.
History of the Fifty-Fourth Regiment of Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, 1863–1865. Second edition, revised and corrected, with appendix upon treatment of colored prisoners of war.
History of the Fifty-Fourth Regiment of Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, 1863–1865. Second edition, revised and corrected, with appendix upon treatment of colored prisoners of war.
History of the Fifty-Fourth Regiment of Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, 1863–1865. Second edition, revised and corrected, with appendix upon treatment of colored prisoners of war.

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History of the Fifty-Fourth Regiment of Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, 1863–1865. Second edition, revised and corrected, with appendix upon treatment of colored prisoners of war.

Boston: The Boston Book Company, 1894. Hardcover. 8vo (8.5” x 6”) navy cloth, gilt title on spine and upper cover. At cover, "A Brave Black Regiment." Frontis., [6], xvi, 452 pp., numerous b&w plates and maps, 1 15” x 4.75” folding map, 1 5.5” x 15” folding map.

Second edition of this important regimental history, first published in 1891, revised and corrected, with an appendix on the treatment of African American POWs. An account of the first regiment consisting entirely of free black volunteers from the North, and the most renowned of the African American units to fight in the Civil War. Commanded by Boston abolitionist Robert Gould Shaw and including two of Frederick Douglass’s sons, the regiment is remembered for assailing Fort Wagner (at the entrance of Charleston Harbor) in 1863—during which it lost the battle, and half of the regiment was killed or wounded. Weeks later, the regiment successfully captured the fort. The unit’s success led to the creation of more black Union regiments. The 54th Mass. was the subject of the movie Glory (1989).

"To the present generation of the race from which the Fifty-Fourth Massachusetts volunteers was recruited, the history of the regiment should have peculiar interest. The author's treatment of the subject is simple and straightforward, with hardly a word of eulogy; and yet the plain narrative of the soldierly achievement of this black regiment is better evidence of the manly qualities of the race than volumes of rhetoric and panegyric could convey" (Publisher’s preface, p. ix).

REFERENCES: Dornbusch MA-401; Kuryla Peter. 54th Regiment U.S. Military at britannica[dot]com.

CONDITION: Good, moderately rubbed, ex-library, light evidence of spine label removal at spine, light remnant of adhesive from pocket removal on front paste-down, call number in ink at head of title page; hinges tight; clean throughout.

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