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V. Massachusetts and the Civil War, 1861-1865

Framing Questions

In what ways do these documents provide evidence about:
1. Why the story of the Mass 54th has such significance in American history?
2.The ways that the war impacted lives and outlooks on the front and at home?*
3. Changing views of the causes of the war and the aims and ideals to be reached?*
* = documents will be added to this section over the course of the four year sesquicentennial


Recruiting poster for the Massachusetts 54th regiment Recruiting the 54th
Manuscript letter from John A. Andrew to Francis Shaw, 30 January 1863 The Most Important Corps
Worth Fighting For
 Nursing Duty
Who is Responsible?