The 1989 movie glory told the story of the 54th massachusetts infantry it won three academy awards to lead the 54th massachusetts, governor andrew chose a young white officer named robert gould shaw. The 54th regiment massachusetts volunteer infantry was an infantry regiment that saw extensive service in the union army during the american civil warthe unit was the first african-american regiment organized in the northern states during the civil war. Contents the 54th massachusetts so full of hope and glory tragedy at fort wagner the pride, courage and devotion of the patriot soldier from the beginning of the civil war, president. The true story behind the movie glory sergeant william harvey carney of the 54th massachusetts colored infantry carried the flag in the assault on fort wagner, on july 18, 1863. A history of the fifty-fourth regiment of massachusetts volunteer colored infantry of the civil war : the real story behind the movie glory .
Summary of glory in the first feature film to bring to life the role of af-rican american soldiers in the american civil war, glory showcases the 54th massachusetts volunteer. Glory is a 1989 american drama war film based on the 54th massachusetts volunteer infantry as told from the point of view of its commanding officer, robert gould shaw during the american civil war. Glory-based on the 54th massachusetts volunteer infantry: the first unit of the us army made up entirely of black soldiers-takes place during the civil warthis story of brave black soldiers, is told through the eyes of a white man. The 54th regiment massachusetts volunteer infantry was an infantry regiment that saw extensive service in the union army during the american civil warthe regiment was one of the first official african-american units in the united states during the civil war.
In 1989, many of our members portraying soldiers and serving as technical assistants participated in the filming of the academy award winning film glory which tells the story of the 54th massachusetts and it's colonel, robert gould shaw. In honor of black history month, i thought i'd revisit glory, the excellent 1989 film directed by edward zwick that tells the true story of the 54th massachusetts infantry regiment, one of the. In the middle of the civil war, 1,007 african-american soldiers of the 54th massachusetts regiment disembarked at boston south station with 37 white officers they then paraded in full dress uniform across boston common as a tumultuous throng cheered them on.
The movie does a very good job of addressing the discrimination faced by the 54th massachusetts as well as their heroic performance at battery wagner in july 1863 like all historical movies glory gets certain things right and certain things wrong. - movie review of glory the movie glory tells the history and the story of the 54th massachusetts infantry it became the first black regiment to fight for the north in the civil war the regiment was made up of black soldiers - some were northern freemen, some were escaped slaves. glory: hollywood vs history glory is a movie about the 54th massachusetts infantry regiment, one of the first official all black units in the united states during the civil war. A powerful clip from the movie glory the 54th massachusetts volunteer infantry regiment was the first african american regiment in the north to answer the call to preserve the union.
More than a century after the war, the fifty-fourth massachusetts remains the most famous black regiment of the war, due largely to the popularity of the movie glory, which recounts the story of the regiment prior to and including the attack on battery wagner. Kevin jarre's inspiration for writing the film came from viewing the monument to colonel shaw and the 54th massachusetts volunteer infantry in boston common the 54th was the first formal unit of the us army to be made up entirely of african-american enlisted men all of the officers were white men. The legacy of the 54th massachusetts has been long and profound in 1989, the movie glory told the regiment's story, ending with the soldiers' charge on fort wagner in south carolina in 1863. The book includes this illustration of a soldier in the 54th massachusetts obviously, his uniform is different than as depicted in the movie glory but from original pictures i've seen, i believe the 54th wore the 9-button frock coat rather than the shorter length, four button sack coat with smaller size buttons.
The 54 th massachusetts infantry was a military unit organized by john a andrew in 1863 and commanded by colonel robert gould shaw it was the first regiment in the north to include soldiers of african descent. On the 150th anniversary of the bloody battle that inspired the movie glory, take a look back at the all-black 54th massachusetts regiment for nearly two years, the civil war was a whites. Fighting for glory: the history and legacy of the 54th massachusetts volunteer infantry regiment and the 54th massachusetts infantry glory: the story of the. The movie glory brought their story to the silver-screen and enhanced our historical and cultural awareness of the role black soldiers played in the civil war yet few people know that there was a sister regiment to the 54th - - the 55th massachusetts.
A history and story of the th massachusetts infantry in the movie glory 12-1-2014 find out more about the history of the 54th massachusetts infantry, including videos, interesting articles, pictures, historical features and more. He decided then to tell the real story, which he's titled a history of the fifty-fourth regiment of massachusetts volunteer colored infantry of the civil war: the real story behind the movie glory today, on the doorstep of the 150th anniversary of the emancipation proclamation, which kicked open the door the same year of the creation of the. Glory: hollywood vs history glory is a movie about the 54th massachusetts infantry regiment, one of the first official all black units in the united states during the civil war.
The film, glory, frequently shown in classrooms, tells the story of the 54th massachusetts, a famous african american regiment in the civil war decide whether the following truths suggested by the film are true or false.