When the scene cuts to his dialogue, his coat is buttoned all the way up. Montgomery's fanaticism did lead him to plunder and burn Darien, Georgia. 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. The 54th Massachusetts was not the first all-Negro regiment. The movie claims that "over half" of the regiment was lost during the assault on Fort Wagner. Of those casualties, 116 were fatalities, just under 20% of the men to storm the fort. 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. The men's breath is visible the night before the big attack on Fort Wagner. 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. They're actually .577 caliber. 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! The lyrics date to 1831, and were popular by 1863. 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. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we all know that cutting out social interaction has taken its toll. Some of these inaccuracies are minor and thus don’t have a large impact, while others are major. When Shaw goes to the Quartermaters office, he demands "600 pairs of shoes and 1200 pairs of socks." When Col. Shaw is in camp at Readville, his horse tack has yellow leather. The red sash was taken by a private, and a Ft. Wagner officer bought it from him later. and how it is important for all Americans to recognize the ways blacks served during the Civil War, and how hard they fought to gain the freedom for all blacks in the country. Kristen Haddox, Penn State University4. 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. In the film, Shaw's conversation with General Strong takes place on the 17th, with the regiment resting that night and making the charge the next day. 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. 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. However, 54th Mass. Like all historical movies Glory gets certain things right and certain things wrong. Glory, the epic account of the 54th Massachusetts, one of the first all-black regiments in the Civil War, contains numerous historical inaccuracies. The crate says .577 caliber as well. 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. Gen. Harker is based upon Maj. Gen. David "Black Dave" Hunter, who enlisted ex-slaves in the Department of South Carolina. The charge on Fort Wagner occurred two days later, on July 18th. ", without moving his lips. There we should in every way resist it as a wrong, treating it as a wrong, with the fixed idea that it must and will come to an end." On the other hand, another viewer may hate the depiction of kilts in Braveheart, finding t… In one of the most incredible and best acted scenes of the entire movie, the character Trip is whipped, and a single tear falls down his cheek. In real life, the 54th Massachusetts didn't accept runaway slaves because Gov. The first was the 1st Kansas Colored Volunteer Infantry Regiment, followed by the 2nd Kansas Colored Volunteer Infantry Regiment. A determined proponent of anti-slavery from an early age, Lincoln fought to control his personal beliefs on the subject in front of the public, transitioning from the stance of anti-abolition at the beginning of his political career (even quoted saying, “I have no purpose directly or indirectly to interfere with the institution of slavery in the states where it exists. When Jupiter shoots bottles with his newly issued rifle, he shoulders the weapon on his right side, but looks with his left eye. In reality. Glory (1989) Goofs. In the film, the 54th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment trains through Christmas 1862, after the September 1862 Battle of Antietam. It's finally 2021 and we're honestly all just happy that 2020 is over. One private was a doctor. That wouldn't have been enough; the unit had 1100 soldiers at full strength. I decided to ask my Instagram followers how they felt about 2020 and the results were a little more mixed up than expected. Germany supported Austria against Serbia, its patron Russia, and Russia’s ally France. | 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. Having an animal around can do more for you than just keep you company. Connections 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). 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". After being greeted by Undertaker, they wave. A children's choir sings "My Country 'Tis of Thee." The cinematography in Glory also contributes to its ranking of 4 ½ out of 5 miniballs; the battle scenes of Fort Wagner were filmed with strange angles and jerky movements, making one feel as if they are a part of the fight itself. He also was not as corrupt as the "Harker" character shown here. During the first battle, somehow bayonets are fixed before they charge. During the assault on the fort, the bayonets are obviously rubber. 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. Radhi, SUNY Stony Brook3. In fact, modern military regulations require hats (covers) be worn whenever outdoors. After Rawlins hands Trip a rifle, Trip fires it into the air with an audible "click" (as in no round loaded). Sometimes this can make the distinction between fact and fiction a gray line. It shows how "worn out" the shoe is supposed to be, and the subsequently the damage to the man's foot. General Charles Garrison Harker wasn't in South Carolina when the 54th Massachusetts was there. This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator. When Shaw is wounded at the battle of Antietam, he crawls up against a dead soldier. When Rawlins is promoted to Sergeant Major on the boats, he is called to front and center. Granted, this film is basically science fiction, emphasis on fiction, but the historical inaccuracies still totally bugged audiences. 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. When the actors open their mouths wide, only their front few teeth are yellowed, the rest are bright white. Factual error: One of the characters of Glory is a mute drummer boy. According to official records, the 54th sustained 272 casualties, closer to 40%. During the siege, the Confederates in the fort discovered that their wells had been poisoned by the decomposing bodies of Union soldiers buried in nearby mass graves. I'm a big believer that everyone has a story. The accuracy of the film, combined with the cinematography, music, and emotion, makes the entire film readily enjoyable, with a ranking of 4 ½ out of 5 miniballs. "The Bonnie Blue Flag" plays when the 54th returns from the Battle of James Island. | We need to be prepared with a list of things to have with us whenever we leave the house again. The American Revolution had a few all-black regiments, but they fought for the British, and settled in Atlantic Canada afterward. He later tells Shaw that he is a good shot. 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. When they first form the line in that scene, bayonets are obviously not fixed. Real characters are portrayed by amazing actors, and real-life events are correctly brought to life, however, most of the problem’s lie in the final scene. 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. Directed by Edward Zwick. Authentic Enfield rifles don't have serial numbers, but reproductions do. One of the more major inaccuracies is the way in which Colonel Robert Gould Shaw is depicted in the movie as first choice to command the regiment, when actually, the command was offered to him, and he hesitated before deciding to accept. 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. As the 54th Massachusetts is preparing for battle at James Island, Rawlins shouts to the soldiers "All right men, form a firing line! The Union Army banned flogging in 1861. 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. The weapons of the era were accurate at distances of up to 400 yards, with cannon used at greater distances. Some of them are minor. Over here! The discrimination and prejudice held upon the blacks, was noticeable at that time, and was showed frankly throughout the movie. Clare Regelbrugge, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Sign in to comment to your favorite stories, participate in your community and interact with your friends. Some of them are minor. The stripes of the era were individual stripes, and had to be sewn on one-by-one. | Hits from the sixties until today for all your jamming purposes. Today, a large part of what remains of Fort Wagner is underwater, due to erosion from the sea. The following morning, Union soldiers entered the deserted fort. Major Rawlins walks up to break it up, his coat is unbuttoned, with his undershirt clearly visible. was established as a regiment composed exclusively of the cream of Northern black society. 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. The film’s historical accuracy is also part of what makes it great; and although a few characters’ acting is sometimes subpar, Glory’s overall emotion, cinematography, and music creates a beautiful work of art worthy of 4 ½ out of 5 stars. 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. When handing out Enfields, John Rawlins says that they are ".57 caliber Enfields rifles." The correct flag would have been the state flag with a blue background. As the war dragged on, however, Lincoln eventually switched course, … Crazy Credits Glory told the story of the USCT’s valor at Battery Wagner.What other USCT stories need to be told? In the final attack, Thomas stabs a Confederate soldier with a gun that bends right before he is stabbed. During 54th's first battle scene, Sergeant Major Rawlins kills a Confederate officer wearing the Union-type shoulder pads of a First Lieutenant. 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. When Pvt. Shaw's body is thrown into a mass grave still in uniform, minus boots and socks. Factual mistakes in Glory (1989) Two of Frederick Douglass' sons fought with the 54th but were not included in the movie. 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. | Kevin Jarre's inspiration for writing the film came from viewing the monument to Colonel Shaw and the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry in Boston Common. (The movie will get a wide release on Jan. Here are 25 iconic songs from the past 50+ years. In the Civil War, Cavalry troops on both sides didn't attack deployed infantry head-on as depicted unless the attack was made in response to a surprise encounter, or out of sheer desperation to escape an enemy encirclement. In the film, Shaw dies after falling on the parapet of Fort Wagner. The film is a fairly good representation of the actual story of Shaw and the 54th regiment. With Matthew Broderick, Denzel Washington, Cary Elwes, Morgan Freeman. Especially with an unfamiliar weapon, it would've been impossible to get a proper sight with his left eye. Although it has its minor inaccuracies, Glory is overall an ambitiously correct telling of black Union regiments during the Civil War, and portrays significant events and people nearly flawlessly. Neither would be acceptable at the time of the Civil War. President Abraham Lincoln, concerned about harming the morale of white soldiers and alienating slaveholding border states, initially resisted pleas to allow black combat troops in the Union Army. For nearly two years, the Civil War was a whites-only affair. If you have watched the six-time Oscar-winning film Glory, then you probably know about the 54th Massachusetts. 9.) During the Civil War, the command would have been "rest" or "in place rest.". 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. In formal military terms, casualties include captured soldiers. 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. To be a consistently good shot, Jupiter should have been looking with his right eye. A Long, Wet Voyage 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). Following the failure of the July 18, 1863 attack, Union Major General Quincy Adams Gillmore laid siege to the fort. 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. When the camera faces General Harter, Cabot's face is leaning on one hand. The song mentions kangaroos, which were unknown to most Americans at the time. It was a naval flag adopted late in the war and flown by a few ships. Historically, Shaw was not promoted immediately upon taking command of the 54th regiment. In real life, General Strong asked the question, and. 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. 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So I made a list of lyrics from each of his songs that you could use in your next Instagram caption. The skirmish Shaw was referring to occurred on James Island, SC on July 16th, 1863. According to an account by the unit's Color Sgt., Shaw made it to the top of the wall, was shot once through the heart, died instantly, and fell outside of the wall. One such inaccuracy deals with the apparent background of the black soldiers that make up the 54th Massachusetts Regiment. At the time, he was part of the Army of the Cumberland's Tullahoma Campaign in Tennessee. The movie Glory is incredibly accurate in its story of the 54th Massachusetts regiment, the first all black regiment in the history of the United States. How many of these useful items do you keep in your own bag? Throughout Glory, there are scenes that make you weep, characters whom you grow to love, and battles so infuriating that you shake with rage. 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. 2020 is a year to remember but it's not as bad as we made it out to be. 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). The melody is "The Irish Jaunting Car," a British song from the Crimean War. The real James Montgomery was a actually a fanatical abolitionist in the vein of John Brown (for whom he considered mounting a rescue mission). The champagne was first made in 1921 and released for sale in 1936. 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. After the initial interchange. At James Island, Thomas's bayonet sticks out of the Confederate soldier's chest, with Thomas right behind him. Most of the battle scenes were clearly filmed at Civil War reenactments, as the soldiers approach far too close (especially to cannon) in large numbers before they fire. Women are known to lug around heavy purses with unnecessary items inside. | 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. After Col. Shaw is notified of his promotion, he and Maj. Forbes talk outside, and Maj. Forbes drinks champagne from a Dom Pérignon bottle. But… the spread and strengthening and perpetuation of it is an entirely different proposition. This would mean that they were headed south instead of north. Alternate Versions The movie consistently shows Confederate troops carrying the classic "stars and bars" Confederate battle flag. The film's epitaph that Fort Wagner was never taken is not quite accurate. While most of the German army fought Britain, Belgium and France in the west, a German army and the Austro-Hungarian Army faced Ru… When Shaw and Cabot talk to General Harter about transferring their men to combat command, Cabot has his hands on his lap when the camera faces him. Just before Christmas, Shaw rides his horse, practicing with his sabre on watermelons, which are harvested in the late spring and early summer. Although the film contained numerous historical inaccuracies, its heart, as one historian put it, was in the right place. The pistol Col. Shaw checks in the last scene is a Confederate brass-frame revolver. Shaw for desertion, the beatings of the drum are off. The way in which the black Union soldiers were treated is once again historically accurate; in both the film and in real life, Black soldiers were paid three dolares less than white Union soldiers, and the entire 54th regiment did not accept payment until the Union government passed a law promising equal pay. Montgomery's motives were sincere (if immoral and brutal), and not cynically excused as portrayed in the movie. The length of Forbes's facial hair when General Strong is giving his speech and then, later the next day, during the battle. 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. The movie consistently shows Confederate troops carrying the classic "stars and bars" Confederate battle flag. Glory is another masterpiece of a war movie, and many of the events portrayed in the film are historically accurate. 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. Brittany Morgan, National Writer's Society2. To add to the seemingly endless pile of inaccuracies, the movie features whole battles that didn't happen, large catapults that would never have been lugged into open battlefields, a breed of dog (German shepherd) that didn't exist at the time and Latin inscriptions with incorrect grammar [source: Ward]. When Rawlins is promoted to Sergeant Major, he is handed the insignia sewn onto blue cloth backing. However, in Pearl Harbor, the Queen Mary appears in all her colored glory, decorated in red, black, and white rather than gray. In their first battle, the 54th faces a Confederate Cavalry charge which is easily repulsed. Because the Queen Mary was an English ship, arriving from Britain, who had been part of the war for two years, she should have been painted gray long before appearing in the film’s events. Trip is being brought before Cpt. Showing all 72 items. I believe I have no lawful right to do so, and I have no inclination to do so.”), to claim the title of the ‘Great Emancipator’ after issuing a proclamation freeing slaves in rebellious territories, and finally to work with radical republicans to pass the 13th amendment, abolishing slavery in 1865. Glory was incredibly historically accurate. Perhaps the most personal of battles, however, took place within Lincoln himself. As Rawlins hands out the Enfield rifles, he calls out each one's serial number. Other harsh punishments were used, such as being "spread eagled" on the spare wheel of an artillery limber, which often broke the man's back. The night before the attack on Ft. Wagner, the soldiers of the 54th Massachusetts are gathered around a campfire singing a Negro spiritual in which Noah counts the animals boarding the ark two-by-two. One child wears a digital watch on his hand. As he does so, he salutes with his palm facing forward. HISTORICAL ACCURACY: “Glory” is an excellent example of a movie that takes the basic historical facts and constructs a narrative around them to bring recognition to a military unit in a way that is attractive to a mainstream audience. The shadow on Shaw's face changes when he tells men he will tear up his paycheck. 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. When Maj. Forbes approaches Shaw to ask why he is being so hard on the men, he is outside and not wearing his uniform blouse (coat) or a hat. However, Hollywood tends to put a spin on the reality with words like inspired or based on a true story. Definitely wine. In real life, the 54th Massachusetts was organized in March 1863. McPherson and many other historians make note of multiple discrepancies between historical truths and scenes depicted in Glory. Everyone's been here. In the second assault on Fort Wagner, Shaw is shot three times in the midsection on the wall. Overall, Glory was an excellent movie, thoroughly enjoyed, and utterly worthy of its ranking. The movie does a very good job of addressing the discrimination faced by the 54th Massachusetts as well as their heroic performance at Battery Wagner in July 1863. And, truthfully, it sucks. 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). In the opening scenes, when Shaw marches beside his soldiers toward the Antietam battle, the rank insignia on his epaulets change from that of a captain (two bars) to that of a second lieutenant (no insignia within the epaulet borders) because it's a flashback. In the vast majority of such attacks, the result was almost always followed by heavy cavalry casualties. There is never an order given to fix them. Quotes 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. And those who were asked to detect the inaccuracies in the films learned just as much incorrect information as students who were merely told to watch them.The historical inaccuracies in movies used in the research included:-- The film "Glory," which tells the story of the 54th Massachusetts Infantry in the Civil War. The hammer is still in cocked position, meaning Trip never actually pulled the trigger, and the "click" was added in post-production. In real life. I'm sure there'll be chocolates, too. When Trip scuffles with the white soldier on the road, and Sgt. In several of the close ups of Matthew's face, the fabric backing of his fake mustache is visible. It's a feel-good basketball flick based on the 1966, Texas Western Basketball team, … 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. The character of Colonel Montgomery is portrayed as a greedy, cynical, and hypocritical racist who relishes his former days of being slaveholder. Most modern historical films have been adjusted to fit Hollywood standards thus compromising the historical accuracy. Soundtracks, At one point Shaw tells Sergeant Major Mulcahy "at ease." The song itself is highly emotional and peaceful, becoming nearly heartbreaking when juxtaposed against the chaos and violence of the next day. Civil War artillery did not fire over the heads of friendly troops for several reasons, including premature explosion of shells. According to historical evidence, Confederate officers used the "old Army" style shoulder pads, including Lieutenant General Wade Hampton. Another example of advanced cinematography can be seen in the final scene, as Shaw is dragged to a ditch and thrown in with piles of other dead bodies, the camera trained on his lifeless face as it tumbles on a stack of the deceased, symbolic of his importance and ultimate mortality. During the advance of the 2nd Massachusetts with Robert Shaw in front, the white state flag is carried. 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