**References listed. READ BEFORE YOU PRINT!!! I had to include some opinions at the end.**
Imagine seeing a soldier, with a bullet in his thigh, kneeling on the ground in the midst of battle for a half hour, holding the American flag high, until he became unconscious from another shot in the head. He never let the American flag touch the ground throughout the entire battle. That is just one example of the bravery that the black soldiers of the 54th Massachusetts Regiment displayed. The movie Glory is a movie based on the historical facts about the 54th Regiment. The movie very accurately depicted life as a black soldier during the Civil War.
For the majority of the movie 'Glory', the dates and places were accurate. Once Governor John Andrews allowed the production of the 54th Regiment, in the movie, there were immediately over one-thousand volunteers. In actuality, Colonel Shaw had a hard time finding recruits for a long time, until Fredrick Douglass made his speech and said "Men of color, to arms" on March 2, 1863.
The movie also portrayed almost all of the recruits as uneducated, runaway slaves. However, the majority of them were freed blacks from the north, including Fredrick Douglass' sons. Colonel Robert Gould Shaw's family information was correct except for the conflicting issue of his age, but almost every source shows a different age. Rawlins, the soldier who became promoted to Sergeant Major, was most likely a made up character or possible replacing a character who should have been William H. Carney. William H. Carney was the first black soldier to receive the Medal of Honor because of his heroism during the attack on Fort Wagner. He had bullet wounds in his head, thigh, and knee, but he held the American glad up for...