The first soldier executed in the 55th Massachusetts over the pay crisis was Private Wallace Baker, who on May 1 fell in for inspection without his weapon and equipment.
Baker's insubordination continued as he refused an order to return to his tent and then struck his commander twice in the face.
This discriminatory practice was briefly acknowledged in a scene in Glory that depicted Colonel Shaw joining his men in protest by tearing up their pay vouchers.
The issue was then dropped, and in light of their bravery displayed at Battery Wagner, most viewers probably assumed the policy was discontinued. Over the course of the next year, the soldiers of the 54th and 55th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, along with many of their white officers, refused to accept the Lincoln administration's unequal pay.
In doing this, the movie steered clear of the challenges the regiment continued to face, not just on the battlefield at the hands of angry Confederates, who refused to treat them as soldiers, but from their own government as well.
The soldiers of the 54th spent much of the remainder of the war protesting the United States government and a policy that paid black men per month (as compared to white soldiers' ).is that it has been a chief help in rescuing Humphrey Cobb’s 1935 novel— now appearing, as they say, on your neighborhood book-stand. ” He undergoes his baptism of fire in the name of a compulsive manhood that is an almost embarrassing echo of Crane. And from Crane he learns the use of modifiers that gather ironic shock value in their unexpected contrastive domesticity: rats eating a corpse “daintily,” demolition satchel-carriers looking like “travelers waiting for a train,” a machine-gunned soldier sitting abruptly “as if he were attentively reading a book,” regimental sergeant-majors looking like “head waiters,” etc.One of the rare bonuses of work in fiction-and-film is to be sent back to the book. In fact, a whole range of other meretricious stylistic effects also leads us back to Crane: excessive adverbial inflations (“The idea appealed to him immensely”), circumlocutions (“acoustic orientation” for hearing), and overexplicit arch commentary (“It never seemed to come into a man’s mind that, if he wanted to look into a thing, it might be better to do so before an attack”).The timing of this was almost one year after the 54th's famous assault outside Charleston, South Carolina, which Glory so powerfully extols as its greatest achievement.The popular images of the men of the 54th Massachusetts bravely assaulting Battery Wagner are an important part of our understanding of the outcome of the Civil War.Tristar Pictures Since 1989 nothing has had more influence on our understanding of the men who served in the Civil War's "colored" regiments than the movie Glory, starring Matthew Broderick, who played Colonel Robert G.Shaw alongside a supporting cast including Morgan Freeman and Denzel Washington.Baker's trial commenced on June 16 and two days later was executed in front of the entire regiment.A similar situation occurred during an inspection of Co. After six men refused to fall in, the company's lieutenant shot one man in the chest. H shot another man for disobeying orders, while a detachment from another company refused guard duty.The movie focused on the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, which constituted the first all-black regiment raised in early 1863.Glory's popularity emerged from its willingness to tackle unsettling issues such as the discrimination and racism that black soldiers faced from within the military and from their own government.