Glory released in 1989 and it has

Glory

Glory is an historical movie Directed by
Edward Zwick. The movie was released in 1989 and it has won three academy
awards. The movie is based on the true historical story on 54th Massachusetts
Volunteer Infantry as told by the commanding officer, Robert Gould Shaw during
the American Civil War in 1862. In 1862, President Lincoln’s Emancipation
Proclamation created an opportunity for African Americans to enlist in the
Union Army. The started recruiting a great number African-American enlisted. Some
of which were free men but a lot of them were slaves. Robert Gould Shaw was
born in a prominent family. He was just 25 years old. He was a solder in the
union army he was offered a position by Governor John A. Andrew of
Massachusetts to become the first all African-American regiment commander and
he accepted and become the commanding officer of 54th Massachusetts. He started
his job by training the African-American recruits at Camp Meigs outside Boston,
Massachusetts. The Union soldiers initially respond to 54th Massachusetts
Volunteer Infantry was very unfriendly and hostile towards them. We know about
racial attitudes in the North still the black soldiers had not only had to fight
the war but also deal with their prejudiced fellow white soldiers.

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 The reaction of the Union soldiers was
expected because at that period of time African-Americans were never to seen as
equally as a white man. The regiment consisted of African-American enlisted men
commanded by white officers. The African-American that enlisted come different back
grounds some of them were free men and the other were slaves they perceive each
other in different manner some of the African-American who used to be slaves
show some hostility towards the free African-Americans. Initially, sense of
cohesion within the unit was very tense but when they get to know one an other
they become family. the 54th recruits were not fully supplied with the necessary
training military uniforms like shoes. One of the 54th recruits resorted to stalling
from other comps and he was caught on and they all thought he was deserting and
he was to punished. the punishment for desertion was Colonel Shaw had the
deserter, to be flagged in front of the entire regiment. His choice of punishment
was very poorly executed because of the background of the African-Americans. It
reminded of them how they were treated as a slave.

After the
Colonel found out why deserted he went to the military supplier to demand shoes
for his regiment. the African-American soldiers of the 54th were fought against
another injustice too. The U.S. Army paid black soldiers $10 a week but white
soldiers got $3 more than the African-American soldiers. To protest against
this injustice, the entire soldiers and officers refused to accept their wages
until black and white soldiers earned equal pay for equal work. While, the 54th
solders prepared to head to the battlefields of the South an announcement from the
Confederate Congress says that every captured African-American would be sold
into slavery and every white officer in command of black troops would be
executed. Despite congresses decision they still finished their training.  the 54th regiment was ordered to march to Beaufort
South Carolina on June, 1863. For sometime they were forced to work manual labors
before the were granted to be apart of the Battle. The first battle they
participated in Was the Battle of Grimball’s Landing they were able defend
their territory. On Second Battle of Fort Wagner Colonel Shaw asked if the 54th
could lead the next Union charge on the battlefield and he was granted. on July
18, 1863, the 54th soldiers executed a frontal assault against Fort
Wagner suffered a great lose.