- 54th Massachusetts regiment sent to South Carolina
May 28, 1863 BEAUFORT, South Carolina African-Americans, Race-Relations, War
The first African American regiment, this group left Boston to head south to Port Royal, South Carolina, to fight for the Union army and demonstrate the capabilities of black soldiers. The enthusiasm of the troops was matched only by their numbers, a full regiment of fresh soldiers. In Boston, the regiment received a warm send-off, and the cheering crowds wishing them well were as vast as have...