On this Day in History, May 28, 1863

28 May

May 28, 1863, Colonel Robert Gould Shaw, leading the 54th Massachusetts Regiment, the first northern all black regiment, departed Boston for service in the Civil War. Gould was killed leading the regiment in the attack on Fort Wagner in Charleston, South Carolina. Shaw, along with 256 black soldiers died in the gallant, but failed attack on Fort Wagner.

The story of Colonel Shaw and the 54th is told in the 1998 movie “Glory” starring Matthew Broderick as Shaw. Morgan Freeman and Denzel Washington also star.

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One Response to “On this Day in History, May 28, 1863”

  1. Chris May 29, 2009 at 2:45 pm #

    great movie… fabulous story.

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