Organized at Readville and mustered in May 13, 1863. Left Boston on Steamer “De Molay” for Hilton Head, S. C., May 28, arriving there June 3. Regiment lost during service 5 Officers and 104 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 1 Officer and 160 Enlisted men by disease.
47 members of the 54th Massachusetts Regiment marched in the Presidential Inauguration Parade in honor of Barack Obama, celebrating not only the inauguration, but also the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation and the activation of the regiment.
When the National Gallery of Art unveiled Augustus Saint-Gaudens' memorial to Robert Gould Shaw and the Massachusetts 54th Regiment, retired Gen. Colin Powell spoke about the statue and the soldiers who died in the assault on Fort Wagner.