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Civil War / 54th Massachusetts Regiment #1060567

CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Jul 17, 2013
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(Studio: Scott Pelley) Report introduced.

(New Bedford, Massachusetts: David Martin) The 54th Massachusetts regiment, the Union's first black regiment that was made up of former slaves, profiled; details given about their role in the battle of Fort Wagner, South Carolina; photo shown of flag bearer William Carney with his Medal of Honor and the other African Americans who enlisted after Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation; clip from the movie “Glory” shown. [Carney’s descendant Carl CRUZ††- says it was an opportunity to show they were the same kind of patriot as everyone else; comments on the place of the 54th in civil rights history.] [National Gallery of Art curator Sarah GREENOUGH††- says they proved that African Americans could be exemplary soldiers.]

Pelley, Scott;
Martin, David

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