Leading the Charge: The Massachusetts 54th

The attack on Fort Wagner, Charleston, during the American Civil War. The fort was under attack from July 18th to Sept 7th, 1863, by soldiers including the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, the first African-American regiment in the US Army. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images) Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images

A 1792 law prevented African Americans from taking up arms in the Civil War. As attitudes against blacks serving changed, black regiments were formed. But prejudices remained until the heroism of black soldiers won the attention of the nation.

Topics in this Podcast: American history, black history, U.S. civil war, American Civil War, U.S. history, 19th century, military history