1863 Civil War Letter To Capt. Luis F. Emilio 54th Regiment Mass.volunteers For Sale
1863 Civil War Letter Sent To Capt. Luis F. Emilio 54th Regiment Mass.
Volunteers First African American Unit. Morris Island Charliston Har. S. C.This is a must read Civil War letter from one soldier to another. The
soldier is writing to Luis F. Emilio of the 54th Mass African American
Volunteers. Some of the subjects covered Battle of Gettysburg that he was
inFort Wagner The colored soldiers and more. Gettysburg he tells of starting
out with 290 men and ending up with 125 with allot more detail. Fort Wagner he
writes to Luis that it must of been a desperate affair and must have proved the
metal of your men. On the colored soldiers his comment is for every colored man
in the army a white man is saved and they are willing and proud to render their
service and I believe they will proved a terrible power against their enemies
and ours. He tells Luis he is a very lucky man not to have been hit , he is
home recovering from a gun shot wound to the leg. This letter is a wonderful
first hand account of what was going on at the time. A wonderful addition to
any Civil War collection.
was born on December 22, 1844 inSalem,
Massachusetts, the son of a Spanish immigrant who made his living as a music
instructor. Although the minimum age for service in the Union army was 18, in
1861 — at age 16 — Emilio gave his age as 18 and enlisted in Company F of the
23rd Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry. He was noticeably brave and steadfast,
and by September, 1862 he had been promoted to the rank of Sergeant.
was among the group of original officers of the 54th selected by Massachusetts
War GovernorJohn Albion Andrew.
He mustered in as a 2nd Lieutenant on March 30, 1863. Two weeks later, he was
promoted to 1st Lieutenant, and on May 27, he was made Captain of Company E.
Captain Emilio emerged from the ferocious assault onFort Wagneron July 18, 1863 as the regiment's acting
commander, since all of the other ranking officers had been killed or wounded.
He fought with the 54th for over three years of dangerous combat, mustering out
of the Union army on March 29, 1865, still not yet 21 years old.
Regiment Massachusetts Volunteer Infantrywas aninfantryregimentthat saw extensive service in theUnion Armyduring theAmerican Civil
The regiment was one of the first officialAfrican Americanunits in the United States during the Civil
South Carolina Volunteers (Union)recruited from freed slaves, was the
firstUnion Armyregiment organized with African American
soldiers in the Civil War, though many had fought in the American Revolution and
the War of 1812 on both sides.
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