54th Massachusetts Infantry, Co. H
"Northwest 54th"

The 54th Massachusetts (Colored) is a new persona to the 116th and, in fact, the entire west coast. The 54th participates in all of the same events as the 116th PVI. Though they will eventually form their own non-profit organization, the 116th and 54th will always consider themselves "sister regiments".
The 54th is actively recruiting men of color who want to honor their proud Civil War history. 



Left to right: 1st Sgt. Aaron Harris, 54th Capt. Mark Stevens and former 116th PVI Capt. John Baker as color guard corporals in the 2005 Albany Veterans Day Parade.


54th Massachusetts Unit History

Organized at Readville, Massachusetts and mustered in May 13, 1863.
At Thompson's Plantation near Beaufort S.C., June 4-8, 1863.
Affair at Legaresville July 13.
Secessionville July 16.
Assault on Fort Wagner July 18.
Siege operations against Forts Wagner and Gregg Morris Island, July 18-September 7.
Capture of Forts Wagner and Gregg September 7, 1863.
Against Fort Sumter and Charleston September 7, 1863, to January 28, 1864.
Capture of Jacksonville February 6.
Battle of Olustee February 20.
Actions on James Island July 2, 9 and 10.
Six Companies in charge of rebel prisoners under fire of Charleston Batteries September 7 to October 20.
Boyd's Landing November 29.
Battle of Honey Hill November 30.
Demonstration on Charleston & Savannah Railroad December 6-9.
March to Charleston January 15-February 23, skirmishing all the way.
Seven Mile Bridge April 6. Destruction of Eppes' Bridge, Black River, April 7
Dingle's Mills April 9.
Destruction of Rolling Stock at Wateree Junction April 11.
Singleton's Plantation April 12.
Statesburg April 15.
Occupation of Camden April 17.
Mustered out at Mount Pleasant, S.C., August 20, 1865.
Discharged at Boston, Mass., September 1, 1865.

Regimental Losses

Regiment lost during service 5 Officers and 104 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded (40% of total lost)
1 Officer and 160 Enlisted men by disease. (60%).
Total losses 270 .


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