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End of the Massachusetts 54th Regiment...
Item # 568367
July 21, 1865
THE LIBERATOR, Boston, July 21, 1865 This is the famous anti-slavery newspaper by famed abolitionist publisher William Lloyd Garrison. The masthead features two engravings, one of a slave auction and the other showing slaves being emancipated (see).
This issue contains a page three report of special significance concerning the Massachusetts 54th, albeit it rather brief. The 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment saw extensive federal service in the Union Army during the Civil War, being one of the first official black units in the United States military. The regiment was authorized in March, 1863, by the governor of Massachusetts, John A. Andrew, and was commanded by Colonel Robert Shaw. In 1989 a movie was made on this regiment, titled "Glory", starring Matthew Broderick.
Page three has a brief report headed: "The 54th and 55th Regiments to be Mustered Out." and reading: "It is reported that the Mass. 54th and 55th Regiments--colored--are to be mustered out of the U.S. service immediately, and may soon be expected home." (see)
This is a significant report of the end of this noteworthy regiment, and great to have this report in an anti-slavery newspaper.
An added item of interest follows immediately, headed: "The Original Lincoln Cabin" (see). Also in this issue are: "Henry Winter Davis On Negro Suffrage" which promotes slaves being permitted to vote, beginning: "We need the votes of all the colored people; it is numbers, not intelligence, that counts at the ballot box..." with more (see).
Complete in four pages, a small hole appears at the fold line which impacts all 4 pages, but none of the key content, otherwise very nice condition.