Monday, May 28, 2012

This Day in History May 28, 1863

I am pleased to bring you a feature today in honor of Memorial Day.  It was on this date in 1863 that the 54th Regiment Volunteer Infantry left their camp.  This was a unique regiment as it was the first official regiment to be comprised of freed blacks.  These brave men were recruited by white abolitionists, and they were authorized by the governor of Massachusetts.

Their best known efforts in the Civil War was on July 18, 1863, as they led an assault on Fort Wagner near Charleston, South Carolina.  This was a costly assault since they lost their commander and half of their men.  But their bravery earned them much respect and replaced the earlier skepticism this unit had received.

As we remember Memorial Day today, let us remember this brave regiment who in spite of racism, prejudice, and broken promises served their country in a fearless manner.  Not only should we remember and reflect on this regiment, but let us remember and thank every man and woman who has served their country with unwavering loyalty even when it cost his or her own life.

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1 comment:

  1. I just officially became a member of a black church, so I kinda like this post! Ruth, I am awarding you and several other Triberr members the Sunshine Award. Congratulations! There will be a link to your site in my Wednesday Woo-Hoo post this week.


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