Essay heading: 54th Massachusetts Regiment

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Decades later, Sergeant William Harvey Carney, who grabbed the US flag as the flag bearer fell and carried the flag to the enemy ramparts and back during the attack, became the first African-American soldier to be awarded the Medal of Honor. Later in the war, the 54th fought a rear-guard action covering the Union retreat at the Battle of Olustee...
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As part of an all-black brigade under Col. Alfred S. Hartwell, they unsuccessfully attacked entrenched Confederate militia at the November 1864 Battle of Honey Hill. In mid-April 1865, they fought at the Battle of Boykin's Mill, a small affair in South Carolina that proved to be one of the last engagements of the war...
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