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Currier & Ives The gallant charge of the fifty fourth Massachusetts (colored) Regiment. On the rebel works at Fort Wagner, Morris Island, near Charleston, July 18th, 1863, and death of Colonel Robt. G. Shaw.

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02881.23 Author/Creator: Currier & Ives Place Written: New York, New York Type: Print Date: 1863 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Portrays African American soldiers carrying a United States flag which reads "54th Mass" on the stripes section of the flag as they meet a battle line of Confederate troops. There are 2 prints of this image, with different colorization, both are listed as GLC02881.23. For another depiction of this event, refer to GLC00317.02.

People: Currier & Ives, fl. 1857-1907.
Shaw, Robert Gould, 1837-1863.

Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Keywords/Subjects: Civil War, Military History, Art, Music, Theater, and Film, Union Forces, African American History, African American Troops, Confederate States of America, Battle, Death

Sub Era: The American Civil War African Americans and Emancipation