So this story broke right as I was leaving work, and I didn’t have time to investigate it too deeply — my employers believe in not exploiting my labor, no matter how much I plead to the contrary, the damned communists — but I really am interested in investigating this issue further. Maybe it’s just [...]
During the Civil War, the 54th Massachusetts Regiment was composed of free black men who volunteered as soldiers to fight against the Confederacy. The infantry regiment, formed after the Emancipation Proclamation, was one of the first black Union Army regiments and participated in battles until the end of the war.
This Thursday marks the 150th anniversary of the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry’s unsuccessful assault at Battery Wagner outside of Charleston. Though the amount of attention focused on this event pales in comparison with the recent commemoration of the battle of Gettysburg, the event constitutes the “high water-mark” of the black soldier experience in the Civil [...]
I’ve shot this flag on Acorn Street (Beacon Hill, Boston), but I never realized that it is the a flag of the 60th Regiment Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, which only existed from 1864 – 1865 (no, that’s not a typo): The … Continue reading ?
Equipped with additional information and with city offices resuming work, the search for Mr. Cloyde W. Williams continued. I learned that he was a US Infantry Volunteer (34th Regiment), who fought... ...
On September 28, during the first day of the Infantry Officer Course at Quantico, Virginia one of the two women volunteers attempting to make it through the Marine Corps’ toughest training dropped out. It should be noted that 25 percent of the men enrolled dropped out the same day. Now, NPR reports, the only other woman in [...]Show More Summary
Both volunteers in a study to see if women could become Marine ground combat leaders have dropped out of the rigorous Infantry Officer Course, with the second failing because of a medical reason late last week, the Marine Corps Times reported.
The female volunteers are part of a study by the Marines to see if women can become ground combat leaders. No other female Marines have signed up for the next course.
I like the idea behind this short film. Young African-American woman gets an A on an essay she wrote about the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry after having viewed the movie, Glory. Her adviser suggests that she visit the African American Civil War Museum in Washington, D.C. to talk with curator Hari Jones. The two walk [...]
Seventy-five journalists from around the nation have formed an infantry company and they’re volunteering their service to the country in the war in Afghanistan. They plan on leaving for the war next week after nearly a week of training in the parking lot outside of The Military Times in Arlington, Virginia. “We’re tired of being [...]
Rifleman Rowan Kendrick of the 5th Battalion, The Rifles (a British Army infantry regiment) has unearthed the remains of an Anglo-Saxon warrior buried about 1500 years ago on Salisbury plain. Kendrick is a volunteer with Operation Nightingale, a project that places injured veterans on archaeological sites as a form of physical and social therapy and [...]
A striking granite monument on Virginia’s Cedar Creek Battlefield honoring Vermont’s 8th Volunteer Infantry Regiment has been all but hidden from public view since it was erected in 1885. Until recently, the site was in private hands. Show More Summary
The U.S. Marine Corps plans to allow a yet-undetermined number of female volunteers to enroll in the school that trains its infantry combat officers, the Marine Corps Times has reported. The plan to open the Infantry Officers Course to women is part of the service's effort to determine which additional jobs will be open to [...]
The Military Times is reporting that the Marine Corps has made decision to train female officers at their Infantry Officers Course in Quantico, VA; “We are in the process right now of soliciting volunteers,” [Gen. Joseph Dunford, the Corps’ assistant commandant] said on Wednesday. It’s a monumental — if controversial — move for the Marine [...]
One of the stumbling blocks that I continue to come up against in researching the 55th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry is in reference to Governor John Andrew. The problem is especially [...]
Let’s not get all worked up about George Lucas’s recent interview on Jon Stewart’s The Daily Show over his comments about the the men of the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry. [...]
Just wrapped up another productive week at the Massachusetts Historical Society with collections related to the 55th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry. There is something to researching real black Civil War soldiers [...]
Dear Barbara, Yesterday I spent the day at the Massachusetts Historical Society examining materials related to the 55th Massachusetts as you suggested. I’m glad I did. As you noted in [...]
One hundred and fifty years ago this month, volunteers from throughout Schuylkill County, both young and old, signed up to serve in what would become the 48th Pennsylvania Infantry, a regiment organized under the direction of Colonel James Nagle. Show More Summary
The 1st Kansas Colored Volunteer Infantry Regiment was the first black military unit in the country, organized even before it was legal to have former slaves and freemen join the Union effort. Organized by ardent abolitionist Brig. Gen. Show More Summary