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  • African American SoldiersTaylor and Kylee

  • African American Soldiers African American men could not serve in the U.S. Army up until the 54th Massachusetts

    regiment was issued.

  • The Massachusetts 54th Regiment

  • Payment The U.S. Army paid African American soldiers

    10$ , 3$ less then white soldiers.

    To protest against this the entire unit of soldiers and officers refused to accept their wages until

    blacks were paid the same.

    African American Soldiers

  • The Massachusetts 54th Regiment

    February 1863, Governor John A. Andrew issued the civil wars first call of black soldiers.

    Many of the black men came from New York, Indiana, and Ohio ; some even came from Canada.

  • The Massachusetts 54th RegimentVolunteers

    Many men volunteered as young as 16 years old.

    The most famous enlisted were Charles and Lewis Douglass, sons of the abolitionist Frederick Douglass.

    Lewis Charles

  • Robert Gould Shaw, a young white officer was chosen to lead the 54th Massachusetts.

    Roberts parents were wealthy and prominent abolitionist activists. He had dropped out of Harvard to join the union army.