Eyewitness report


Col. E.N. Hallowell wrote this account of the battle of Fort Wagner almost four months after the attack. He highlighted the fall of the 54th’s commanding officer, Col. Robert G. Shaw; the fight for the colors; and the loss of one-third of the regiment. While this battle is featured in the movie Glory, Colonel Hallowell is not a character in the film. His letter is reproduced from a volume in the regimental files.

National Archives, Records of the Adjutant General's Office


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