1864 Civil War Letter Sent To Capt. Luis F. Emilio 54th Regiment Mass.volunteers For Sale
1864 Civil War Letter Sent To Capt. Luis F. Emilio 54th Regiment Mass.
Volunteers First African American Unit.
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.The54th
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 This letter is
from his father and is very interesting reading. He mentioned his service to
his country and the colored troops in the cotton states A nice pice of history
for the civil war collector.SEE ENLARGED PHOTOS FOR CONDITION AND DETAIL BEFORE
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