54th Regiment, Massachusetts Infantry (Colored)

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Brief History[edit | edit source]

The 54th Regiment, Massachusetts Infantry (Colored) was organized at Readville,
It mustered in March 30 - May 13, 1863.  They mustered out at Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, August 20, 1865.  They discharged at Boston, Massachusetts, September 1, 1865.[1]

Unit Histories

For more information on the history of the 54th Regiment Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, see the following:

Companies in this Regiment with the Counties of Origin[edit | edit source]

Men often enlisted in a company recruited in the counties where they lived though not always. After many battles, companies might be combined because so many men were killed or wounded. However if you are unsure which company your ancestor was in, try the company recruited in his county first.

The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors database lists 1,673 men on its roster for this unit. Roster.

National Archives[edit | edit source]

Other Sources[edit | edit source]

  • Beginning United States Civil War Research gives steps for finding information about a Civil War soldier. It covers the major records that should be used. Additional records are described in ‘Massachusetts in the Civil War’ and ‘United States Civil War, 1861 to 1865’ (see below).
  • National Park Service, The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System, is searchable by soldier's name and state. It contains basic facts about soldiers on both sides of the Civil War, a list of regiments, descriptions of significant battles, sources of the information, and suggestions for where to find additional information.
  • Massachusetts in the Civil War describes many Confederate and Union sources, specifically for Massachusetts, and how to find them.. These include compiled service records, pension records, rosters, cemetery records, Internet databases, published books, etc.
  • United States Civil War 1861 to 1865, Part 1 describes and explains United States and Confederate States records, rather than state records, and how to find them. These include veterans’ censuses, compiled service records, pension records, rosters, cemetery records, Internet databases, published books, etc.
  • Emilio, Luis Fenollosa. A brave black regiment : history of the Fifty-Fourth Regiment of Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, 1863-1865. (New York, New York : Arno Press, 1969) FHL Book 974.4 M2e and The assault on Fort Wagner, July 18, 1863 : the memorable charge of the Fifty-fourth Regiment of Massachusetts Volunteers, written for "The Springfield Republican". (Bethesda, Maryland : University Publications of America, c19910, FHL fiche 6083249 and History of the Fifty-fourth regiment of Massachusetts volunteer infantry, 1863-1865. (Salt Lake City, Utah : Digitized by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 2006), FHL digital versionand (Bethesda, Maryland : University Publications of America, c1991), FHL fiche 6083250
  • Fox, Charles Barnard.Record of the service of the Fifty-fifth Regiment of Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry. (Freeport, New York : Books for Libraries Press, 1971) FHL Book 974.4 M2f 1971
  • United States. National Archives and Records Administration. Records of the Fifty-fourth Massachusetts Infantry Regiment (Colored), 1863-1865 : National Archives microfilm publications pamphlet describing M1659. (Washington [District of Columbia] : National Archives and Records Administration, 1992), FHL book 973 J53m no. 1659.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. National Park Service, The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System (accessed 4 January 2011).