Browsing named entities in Emilio, Luis F., History of the Fifty-Fourth Regiment of Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry , 1863-1865.
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Chapter 1: recruiting. At the close of the year 1862, the military situation was discouraging to the supporters of the Federal Government. We had been repulsed at Fredericksburg and at Vicksburg, and at tremendous cost had fought the battle of Stone River. Some sixty-five thousand troops would be discharged during the ensuing summer and fall. Volunteering was at a standstill. On the other hand, the Confederates, having filled their ranks, were never better fitted for conflict. Politic
2, General Butler began organizing the Louisiana Native Guards from free negroes.
General Saxton, in the Department of the South, formed the First South Carolina from contrabands in October of the same year.
Col. James Williams, in the summer of 1862, recruited the First Kansas Colored.
After these regiments next came, in order of organization, the Fifty-fourth Massachusetts, which was the first raised in the Northern States east of the Mississippi River.
Thenceforward the recruiting of col