Heroic Black Soldiers’ 54th Infantry

There is a good movie, Glory (1989) about the Black Soldiers’ Heroic 54th Infantry of the U.S. Army in the Civil War, starring Denzel Washington, Matthew Broderick, Morgan Freeman and Cary Elwes, directed by the acclaimed Edward Zwick. Broderick plays the actual historic person Colonel Robert Gould Shaw, the regiment’s commanding officer. The other roles are fictional.

According to Wikipedia:
The screenplay by Kevin Jarre was based on the books Lay This Laurel (1973) by Lincoln Kirstein and One Gallant Rush (1965) by Peter Burchard and the personal letters of Shaw. The film depicts the soldiers of the 54th from the formation of their regiment to their heroic actions at the Second Battle of Fort Wagner.

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