This is a bundle of three, highly animated, power point presentation on the African-American Soldier in the Civil War, the Fort Pillow Massacre and the 54th Massachusetts Regiment. There are a total of 48 slides in the presentations, all of which are editable so you can modify the slides if you need to.
The decision to allow black men to serve in the Civil War in a combat capacity came about slowly. News from Fort Sumter set off a rush by free black men to enlist in U.S. military units. They were turned away, however, because a Federal law dating from 1792 barred Negroes from bearing arms for the U.S. Army (although they had served in the American Revolution and in the War of 1812).
By the end of the Civil War, roughly 179,000 black men (10% of the Union Army) served as soldiers in the U.S. Army and another 19,000 served in the Navy. There were nearly 80 black commissioned officers. Nearly 40,000 black soldiers died over the course of the war, 30,000 of infection or disease.
Power point presentation #1, African-American soldiers in the Civil War, contains 19 slides and covers the following:
Government Reconsiders The Ban
Confiscation and Militia Act
Slavery Abolished in US Territories
Black Recruitment Intensifies
Bureau of Colored Troops
Blacks Serve Admirably
Service & Casualties
Served With Distinction
Prejudice in the Military
Black Service Pay
The Danger of Being Captured
Serving With Honor
Blacks Serve Admirably
The Fort Pillow Massacre in TN on April 12, 1864, in which more than 300 African-American soldiers were killed, was one of the most controversial events of the American Civil War. Though most of the Union garrison surrendered, and thus should have been taken as prisoners of war, the soldiers were killed. The Confederate refusal to treat these troops as traditional prisoners of war infuriated the North, and led to the Union’s refusal to participate in prisoner exchanges.
The Ft. Pillow Massacre has been long forgotten by most. Despite the ferocity of the attack, Fort Pillow was of little significance to the Confederate Army, and Nathan Bedford Forrest's troops abandoned it within hours of the massacre. The Fort Pillow site is now a Tennessee state park.
Power point presentation #2, The Fort Pillow Massacre contains 21 slides and covers the following:
What Really Happened?
Eye Witness of Soldiers
Confederate Soldiers Account
Nathan B. Forrest Account
Ulysses S. Grant Account
Order of Retaliation
Grant’s Exchange Orders
Lincoln’s Cabinet Reacts
End of Presentation
In January 1863, Secretary of War Stanton finally gave John Andrew, the abolitionist governor of Massachusetts, authorization to form regiments that could “include persons of African descent. . .”
The governor had long been an advocate of raising black regiments from the free black population.
Like most abolitionists, he felt the surest path to citizenship for black Americans was for them to be allowed to fight and die for their freedom and their country.
One such regiment that excelled on the battlefield was the 54th Massachusetts Regiment. Their first conflict with Confederate soldiers came on July 16. But on July 18 came the supreme test of the courage and valor of the black soldiers; they were chosen to lead the assault on Battery Wagner, a Confederate fort on Morris Island at Charleston. In addressing his soldiers before leading them in charge across the beach, Colonel Shaw said, “I want you to prove yourselves. The eyes of thousands will look on what you do tonight.”
Power point presentation #3, The 54th Massachusetts Regiment contains 21 slides and covers the following:
Lincoln and Emancipation
The 54th is Formed
Colonel Robert Shaw
Governor Andrew Quote
“So Full of Hope & Glory”
First Battlefield Experience
Attack of Fort Wagner
Tragedy at Fort Wagner
Aftermath of Fort Wagner
The Pride and Courage of the Patriot Soldier
This is one of several power point bundled presentations that I offer in my store on the.... American Civil War.