James Hallas

Yankee Magazine

The 54th Massachusetts | New England’s Gifts

Why was the 54th Massachusetts unique? It was the first black regiment ever raised in the Northern states. On July 18, 1863, the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment found itself in front of Fort Wagner—one of the strongest earthworks ever constructed. Built to protect Charleston, South Carolina, Wagner contained 1,700 Confederates. This was the moment […]