Shaw for desertion, the beatings of the drum are off. Although the majority of its main characters were fictional, such as Trip, John Rawlins, and Private Jupiter Sharts, they enhanced the film as they represented archetypes of real people who would have been a part of the 54th regiment. When Colonel Shaw volunteers to lead the charge on Fort Wagner, he tells General Strong, "you should have seen us in action two days ago; we were a sight to see". Glory (1989) Goofs. When the units are lined up on the beach before the assault on the fort, Union artillery fires over the heads of Union infantry just a few yards in front of them. When the 54th first marches past a mansion in Georgia, a square concrete curb is visible on the left side of the road (to the soldiers' right). Throughout Lincoln’s presidency and larger political career, his main goal was to preserve the Union and to protect the constitution, goals which necessitated morphing to appease public perception. The champagne was first made in 1921 and released for sale in 1936. The sky changes from clear to overcast multiple times on the beach prior to the charge of Fort Wagner. According to Confederate General Johnson Hagood. After an intense two-day bombardment by Union artillery, the Confederate Army was forced to abandon Fort Wagner on the night of September 6, 1863. The 54th Massachusetts was not the first all-Negro regiment. Most modern historical films have been adjusted to fit Hollywood standards thus compromising the historical accuracy. Movies I need to see to complete the IMDb Top 250 2002 and get the badge, 1989 - The movies I've seen Best to Worst. For two months, Union regiments dug a series of zigzag trenches on Morris Island, bringing long-range artillery guns closer and closer to Fort Wagner. | The weapons of the era were accurate at distances of up to 400 yards, with cannon used at greater distances. As the 54th Massachusetts is preparing for battle at James Island, Rawlins shouts to the soldiers "All right men, form a firing line! History Film Analysis (300) Film Analysis For the film analysis assignment I chose to watch the movie “Gladiator.” With any modern day movie one runs the risk of finding flaws in the historical accuracy. He was also 25, unlike 44-year-old, In the film, Shaw asks who will carry the colors if they should fall during the assault on Fort Wagner. Especially with an unfamiliar weapon, it would've been impossible to get a proper sight with his left eye. As former President Abraham Lincoln said, "Slavery may long exist, and perhaps the best way for it to come to an end peaceably is for it to exist for a length of time. The movie consistently shows Confederate troops carrying the classic "stars and bars" Confederate battle flag. | However, 54th Mass. Everyone's been here. At the end of the day, one of the key elements of whether a movie’s historical accuracy matters comes down to each specific audience member. Overall, Glory was an excellent movie, thoroughly enjoyed, and utterly worthy of its ranking. As he does so, he salutes with his palm facing forward. In the film, Shaw dies after falling on the parapet of Fort Wagner. The educated northern blacks who actually made up the regiment likely wouldn't know work songs originating in the fields of southern plantations, never mind adding new lyrics. Sometimes this can make the distinction between fact and fiction a gray line. Glory, the epic account of the 54th Massachusetts, one of the first all-black regiments in the Civil War, contains numerous historical inaccuracies. On the other hand, another viewer may hate the depiction of kilts in Braveheart, finding t… Some of them are minor. Now I will have to burn this town.” The Confederate Proclamation calling for the execution of all Union soldiers working with black soldiers was also real, as was the Contraband/Confiscation Act that allowed the Union to free any slaves it came across in rebellious territories. Major Rawlins walks up to break it up, his coat is unbuttoned, with his undershirt clearly visible. Private Trip would not have been whipped, at least not by someone as by-the-book as Colonel Shaw. He should have said "you should have seen us in action yesterday.". When the camera faces General Harter, Cabot's face is leaning on one hand. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we all know that cutting out social interaction has taken its toll. When handing out Enfields, John Rawlins says that they are ".57 caliber Enfields rifles." During the Civil War, the command would have been "rest" or "in place rest.". If you have watched the six-time Oscar-winning film Glory, then you probably know about the 54th Massachusetts. The first was the 1st Kansas Colored Volunteer Infantry Regiment, followed by the 2nd Kansas Colored Volunteer Infantry Regiment. Montgomery's motives were sincere (if immoral and brutal), and not cynically excused as portrayed in the movie. Although Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to the Austro-Hungarian Empire, was unpopular, his assassination by Serbian nationalists on June 28, 1914 was the spark that started WWI. The lyrics date to 1831, and were popular by 1863. For nearly two years, the Civil War was a whites-only affair. Following the failure of the July 18, 1863 attack, Union Major General Quincy Adams Gillmore laid siege to the fort. When they are first mustering in, the buckle on Colonel Shaw's kepi moves from the right side of the chin strap to the center, and back again several times. Germany supported Austria against Serbia, its patron Russia, and Russia’s ally France. As Lincoln addressed, throughout the 1860s, a political and proverbial war of ideology in the United States raged alongside the physical battles between north and south. It's finally 2021 and we're honestly all just happy that 2020 is over. This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator. I personally love using song lyrics as my Instagram captions, especially from songs that I love or that mean a lot to me, and I happen to love Harry Styles and all of his songs! When Pvt. The skirmish Shaw was referring to occurred on James Island, SC on July 16th, 1863. The 54th went on to fight at Olustee, Florida (February 20, 1864), Honey Hill, South Carolina (November 30, 1864), and Boykin's Mill, South Carolina (April 18, 1865). Brittany Morgan, National Writer's Society2. Infantry tack was all black, or sometimes blue. Authentic Enfield rifles don't have serial numbers, but reproductions do. In the movie, Shaw is surprised when the men refuse pay that was reduced because they are a "colored" regiment, though he eventually joins them in their refusal. Of those casualties, 116 were fatalities, just under 20% of the men to storm the fort. Already, the film has been met with critical acclaim: Many, including Slate movie critic Dana Stevens, have named it one of the best movies of 2014. When Shaw finally loses patience with the Quartermaster, he marches in and demands 600 pairs of shoes and 1200 pairs of socks. Over here! In one such occurrence, when Lincoln felt the Union was strong enough and the public opinion lenient enough after not losing the battle of Antietam, he issued the Emancipation Proclamation, which not only called for the freedom of slaves in parts of 10 states, but also allowed for the conscription of black men into the Union army. Factual mistakes in Glory (1989) Two of Frederick Douglass' sons fought with the 54th but were not included in the movie. When Trip scuffles with the white soldier on the road, and Sgt. Radhi, SUNY Stony Brook3. Glory told the story of the USCT’s valor at Battery Wagner.What other USCT stories need to be told? After Col. Shaw is notified of his promotion, he and Maj. Forbes talk outside, and Maj. Forbes drinks champagne from a Dom Pérignon bottle. One such inaccuracy deals with the apparent background of the black soldiers that make up the 54th Massachusetts Regiment. One person may watch Braveheart, a classic tale about a Scottish revolution led by the legendary William Wallace,and love the kilt cladden-Scotsmen, feeling that it adds to the feel of the movie. That flag, given to the regiment by the state government, was never carried in action. McPherson and many other historians make note of multiple discrepancies between historical truths and scenes depicted in Glory. Many songs on both sides of the Civil War used the same melody, including "The Bonnie Blue Flag" and "Arms of Abraham," a humorous song lamenting the experiences of a draftee in the Union Army. Some of these inaccuracies are minor and thus don’t have a large impact, while others are major. The director points it out in the UK DVD release. Shortly after Rawlins says the men need shoes, a soldier's shoe is slowly removed in front of Shaw. During the assault on the fort, the bayonets are obviously rubber. The correct flag would have been the state flag with a blue background. When Col. Shaw is in camp at Readville, his horse tack has yellow leather. In the film, the 54th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment trains through Christmas 1862, after the September 1862 Battle of Antietam. Women are known to lug around heavy purses with unnecessary items inside. In the next shot of the soldier's back, there is no wound, bayonet, rifle, or Thomas. His burial too, is historically correct—in both the movie and in real life, Shaw was buried with his fellow soldiers and the confederates refused to give his body to the Union. Factual error: One of the characters of Glory is a mute drummer boy. Although the film contained numerous historical inaccuracies, its heart, as one historian put it, was in the right place. The American Revolution had a few all-black regiments, but they fought for the British, and settled in Atlantic Canada afterward. Additionally, the assault on Fort Wagner was portrayed extremely truthfully, with huge casualties for the 54th and the 54th’s failure in capturing the confederate stronghold (the only fault here that the attack took place from south to north, rather than north to south as depicted in the movie; but this neither matters, nor does it take away from the entire movie). However, Hollywood tends to put a spin on the reality with words like inspired or based on a true story. The shadow on Shaw's face changes when he tells men he will tear up his paycheck. We need to be prepared with a list of things to have with us whenever we leave the house again. His screenplay was based on two books, Lincoln Kirstein's Lay This Laurel (1973) and Peter Burchard's One Gallant Rush (1965), and the personal letters of Robert Gould Shaw. The 54th was the first formal unit of the Union Army to be made up entirely of African-American enlisted men; all of the officers were white men. Several extracts from Colonel Shaw's letters to his mother, as heard in voice-over narration throughout the film, were actually taken from "Army Life in a Black Regiment," an 1870 book by Thomas Wentworth Higginson, who commanded the 1st South Carolina Regiment during the Civil War. Civil War artillery did not fire over the heads of friendly troops for several reasons, including premature explosion of shells. The 54th’s struggle to see real battle in the film was also historically correct; The scene of the 54th being forced to plunder the Georgian coastal town of Darien after Colonel Montgomery ordered Shaw to command his regiment to raid the town is historically documented in letters of Shaw, and the scene even includes a real, direct quote of Montgomery’s, “You see sesesh has to be cleared away by the hand of God like the Jews of old. During the singing of the Negro spiritual on the eve of the assault on Ft. Wagner, the key and tempo noticeably change when the soundtrack switches from playback to production sound (recorded on location). Shaw's body is thrown into a mass grave still in uniform, minus boots and socks. A children's choir sings "My Country 'Tis of Thee." To be a consistently good shot, Jupiter should have been looking with his right eye. General Charles Garrison Harker wasn't in South Carolina when the 54th Massachusetts was there. During the first battle, somehow bayonets are fixed before they charge. One private was a doctor. Trip was the angry runaway slave, John Rawlins the grandfather-like figure, Private Sharts the religious fanatic, and Thomas Searles the educated free black man. The music within the film also contributes to its “goodness,” in particular the scene in which the 54th regiment soldiers gather around a fire and sing the night before going into battle. He later tells Shaw that he is a good shot. Gen. Beauregard proposed it as a battle flag, and the Army of Northern Virginia may have used for a very short time before it was officially rejected. Glory is more than just a film about the 54th regiment and its bravery; it's about the people that fought and died for the freedom of blacks in the United States. (The movie will get a wide release on Jan. When the 54th Massachusetts marches down the street for the first time in their new uniforms, a modern electrical junction box is briefly visible on a wall in the background. When the scene cuts to his dialogue, his coat is buttoned all the way up. There is never an order given to fix them. The position of the sun as Shaw inspects the beach before Fort Wagner. Here are 25 iconic songs from the past 50+ years. When they first form the line in that scene, bayonets are obviously not fixed. In real life, General Strong asked the question, and. Crazy Credits At James Island, Thomas's bayonet sticks out of the Confederate soldier's chest, with Thomas right behind him. When Major Forbes arrives on the scene when the 54th is starting a fight with the white Union soldiers, the corporal the Major calls out changes from corporal to sergeant and back. Although African Americans had fought with distinction in the American Revolution and the War of 1812, many in the North questioned the discipline and fighting capabilities of African Americans. During 54th's first battle scene, Sergeant Major Rawlins kills a Confederate officer wearing the Union-type shoulder pads of a First Lieutenant. In reality. Shaw’s death is also accurate; there are many reports of him being shot three times through the chest, as it was also shown in the film. I'm a big believer that everyone has a story. During the battle at James Island, within a second, and without orders to attach them, all of the 54th Regiment have their bayonets mounted for the charge. Trivia Definitely wine. The charge on Fort Wagner occurred two days later, on July 18th. The film also included small details that were historically correct, such as the pidgin many former slaves spoke, the 54th’s struggle to attain proper footwear, the tension between Irish and blacks in the north, and the horrific and primitive medicinal methods used in the civil war. The acclaimed Civil War hit, […] At the time, he was part of the Army of the Cumberland's Tullahoma Campaign in Tennessee. Some of them are minor. According to historical evidence, Confederate officers used the "old Army" style shoulder pads, including Lieutenant General Wade Hampton. The discrimination and prejudice held upon the blacks, was noticeable at that time, and was showed frankly throughout the movie. During the advance of the 2nd Massachusetts with Robert Shaw in front, the white state flag is carried. But in order to move on and get past something you need to allow yourself to feel it for what it is--all of the heartbreak and pain--and then you can start to take steps move on. In several of the close ups of Matthew's face, the fabric backing of his fake mustache is visible. With Matthew Broderick, Denzel Washington, Cary Elwes, Morgan Freeman. If you don't keep these 27 items In your purse, what's in there? The stripes of the era were individual stripes, and had to be sewn on one-by-one. In real life. In real life, the Sergeant Major of the 54th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment, was Lewis Henry Douglass, oldest son of Frederick Douglass, age 22 when the unit was mustered in. He returned the sash to Shaw's widow 20 years later. After being greeted by Undertaker, they wave. One child wears a digital watch on his hand. The movie consistently shows Confederate troops carrying the classic "stars and bars" Confederate battle flag. In real life, the 54th Massachusetts didn't accept runaway slaves because Gov. Hits from the sixties until today for all your jamming purposes. The length of Forbes's facial hair when General Strong is giving his speech and then, later the next day, during the battle. When Jupiter shoots bottles with his newly issued rifle, he shoulders the weapon on his right side, but looks with his left eye. It's a feel-good basketball flick based on the 1966, Texas Western Basketball team, … This topic is thoroughly discussed in the 1989 film Glory, and although the majority of Glory’s main characters were completely fictional and the 54th regiment was composed mostly of educated freedmen rather than the ragtag bunch of runaway slaves that were depicted in the movie, the film’s portrayal of the regiment’s climactic march against Fort Wagner, of the 54th regiment’s leader, Robert Gould Shaw, and of the treatment of black soldiers throughout the civil war were remarkably accurate, making the film as a whole extremely historically correct. According to official records, the 54th sustained 272 casualties, closer to 40%. 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