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    Galactic Bird

    The 54th Black regiment in 1863 of American Civil War under Col. Shaw has its equivalent… in Asia 1942.

    Truly, the saying " history repeats itself " is true. In World II, in the Philippines, American general, Gen. Douglas Mc Arthur formed an Army of Filipino Troops, like the Blacks, the brown Filipinos were discriminated against being as brown… the White America politicians thought brown Filipinos cannot fight the Japanese. Fortunately, Gen. McArthur knew better as early as 1938 he formed the Philippine Scouts latter on to become known USAFEE (United States Armed Forces In the Far East). Composed of 75,000 Filipino Soldiers and 20,000 White Americans.

    Together they fought in the BATTLE OF BATAAN. Which took Japanese 6 long months before it surrendered to Japanese superior arms. While other nation in Asia fell to Japanese hands in only a week.

    Because their military supplies (USAFEE-8 mile long Convoy) tanks, planes, guns, cannons, food were diverted to Australia. Gen. King surrendered Bataan to Japanese. Further, the ammo and guns issued to the Filipinos were of WW 1. Like the 54th massachusettes, white officials thought Black race cannot fight they way White man does. In 1942 that was how White Officials thought too I hope America will not understimate its allies by their color… had the White American Military gave modern arms to Filipinos more American perhaps were saved and changed the history of war in the Far East. The LESSON? Allies are important factor in winning any war… One reason Japan lost the war in Asia because he has no ally. 2nd LESSON in war… NEVER understimate an enemy… The Germans understimated the Russians. Americans understimated the Japanese because they were Asians..

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    indy_go_blue60

    For those arguing that the 54th-Ft Wagner didn't change the course of the Civil War. In a strategic sense, that's true, but it did change how the US government treated and recruited black men. Some US generals, including Sherman, wouldn't allow blacks to serve in their army. For those saying that many blacks, slaves, fought for the Confederacy, many were willing to fight, but they didn't because the government didn't trust arming them. In 1864 Gen. Patrick Cleburne wrote a letter to Pres. Davis saying it was time to arm blacks and he was castigated for his view. Although some probably did fight for the South, the first organized black unit, a regiment IIRC, wasn't formed until 1865 in Richmond when it was far too late for them to make a difference.

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    pajax6

    The 54th Mass. Yes they died very well at Olustee, Florida. I think they were decimated by the old men and young boys regiments from Tallahassee, Florida. Men of draft age were already in service to the Confederacy. The Confederate troops finished off the wounded black troops since there were pigs in the vicinity. The thinking was it more merciful to kill the wounded than let them be eaten alive by the pigs as had been done on several other battlefields. Many Civil War Veterans would not eat pork after the war. Later they claimed the Confederates killed the wounded black troops because of race. Another fable created after the war.

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    pajax6

    Interesting how the black volunteers for the Union army has recently climbed from 100,000 to 200,000. In 50 years it will be said that the Black Union Army defeated the Confederacy and liberated the South.

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    Alexander Challis

    History of the 54th (1863 the sword and his silk, where found see page 102):
    https://archive.org/stream/historyoffiftyfo00emil_1#page/n7/mode/2up

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    Lima Lima

    There were other black regiments in the Union Army. One regiment fought a very large battle and decimated Confederate psychos for days!

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    Steven Runyon

    If the government wants to give reparations to decendents of slaves who themselves have never been a slave they must also give reparations to all the descendants of the dead white people who lost their lives giving them that freedom.

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    Brad Johnson

    Stolen? More like Someone saw sorting picked it up he wasn’t going to do anything with it anymore. Soldiers did that all the time both north and south.

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    ramon ortiz

    The lies and exaggerations of history!! Let me guess.. The sword was found to coincide with Black history month!!

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    ramon ortiz

    It wasn't stolen…!! A Confederate claimed it as they repeatedly repelled the 54th and every other Union advance as the fort never fell……!!

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