Continuity mistake: During the first battle in the woods, the Union Regiment levels their un-bayonetted weapons and fires a volley at the Confederates. About 3 seconds later, without the order having been given, they are in hand to hand combat with bayonets fixed.
The 54th Massachusetts Regiment fight in the battle at Fort Wagner against the Confederate States. The 54th suffers heavy losses. While seeking refuge at the bottom of a hill under heavy fire, Col. Robert Gould Shaw (Broderick) stands up to inspire his troops to move up the hill, when he is suddenly shot and killed. Trip (Washington) picks up the American flag that was dropped and hails for them to move forward, but is also shot and killed. Forbes (Elwes) and Rawlins (Freeman) lead the 54th through the Fort killing everyone who stands in their way. They eventually run into a small opening which is guarded by two cannon emplacements. Although it is not shown, Forbes, Rawlins and the men behind them were most likely killed. The final scene shows the aftermath of the battle, as numerous bodies lay lifeless on the sands of Fort Wagner. A Confederate drops Trip's body next to Shaw's. A final epilogue tells us that the 54th were hailed for their bravery.
Colonel Robert G. Shaw: Good morning gentlemen, I am Colonel Robert Gould Shaw. I am your commanding officer. It is a great pleasure to see you all here today. It is my hope that the same courage, spirit, and honor, which has brought us together, will one day restore this Union. May God bless us all.
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