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The 54th Massachusetts Regiment... Miss Anna Dickinson...
Item # 568619
October 2, 1863
THE LIBERATOR, Boston, October 2, 1863
* Concerning "colored" soldiers in the Civil War
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 includes content on the Massachusetts 54th Regiment. The 54th Massachusetts 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 an item noting: "Among the captures at the evacuation of Fort Wagner were five negro soldiers, two of who were fully armed and equipped as rebel sharpshooters. One of them -- a rebel at heart -- was the owner of several slaves." (see)
Other reports include one headed: "The 54th Regiment" which comments on their work at Fort Wagner, and includes: "...The prejudice against negro troops still exists..." and a bit further on is: "The official list of names of the missing in action of the 54th Mass. (colored) regiement...has been received..." (see).
Another item notes: "...directed Gen. Gillmore to demand from Beauregard a list of the officers and men of the 54th Mass. (colored) regiment who were taken prisoners on Morris Island & a statement of their present status..." with more (see)
Great to have this content in an anti-slavery
Complete in four pages, in very nice condition.