The 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry was one of the first African-American units
formed for combat in the American Civil War. This film tells the story of its recruitment, training
and combat engagements from the point of view of Colonel Robert Gould Shaw, the regiment's white
Rated R for violence.
This is a special presentation in conjunction with Shepherd University's Appalachian Heritage
Writer-in-Residence program. Discussion led by Ranger John Rudy (Harpers Ferry, Storer College).
Other background on the film.
About the director Edward Zwick.
About the 54th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment.
A selection of reviews of the film.
About the 2016 Appalachian Heritage Writer-in-Residence, Charles Frazier.