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Emilio, Luis F., History of the Fifty-Fourth Regiment of Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry , 1863-1865 14 0 Browse Search
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Massachusetts in the Army and Navy during the war of 1861-1865, vol. 1: prelminary narrative 2 0 Browse Search
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e from the men. Emilio's 54th Mass, p. 77. The storming party advanced, fully visible, along three-quarters of a mile of sand, under a sharp fire for two hundred yards. Decimated on the way by this, they reached the ditch, descended into it, crossed through three or four feet of water and mounted the slope. Colonel Shaw, with both standard bearers, reached the parapet, when, just as he was shouting Forward, Fifty-fourth, he fell dead, shot through the heart. Capts. C. J. Russell and W. H. Simpkins were killed at almost the same time. For some reason, never fully explained, there was an interval before the other regiments of the brigade came up. Of course the 54th was driven back, Victims of a plan in which regular approaches were overlooked, weak points neglected, a proper hour disregarded; to whom reinforcements were not sent, nor a path levelled for them with artillery; nor finally was the commanding general (as all agree) where he could either know or direct their advance, th