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VOCABULARY enlist: to join an army or other military group enforced: required a rule or law to be followed grenades: small bombs usually thrown by hand bayonet: a weapon like a knife that fits onto the end of a long gun surrender: to give up, to admit that you are beaten in a fight Based on the incredible true story of African-American soldiers who fought in the Civil War CHARACTERS Check the character you’re going to read. *Starred characters have larger speaking parts. Narrator 1 (N1) Narrator 2 (N2) William Carney, an African-American soldier Frederick Douglass, a famous African-American leader Lewis Douglass, Frederick’s son and an officer in the Union army Union Soldier, a white soldier in the Union amy Colonel Shaw, a white officer in the Union army John Wall, an African- Amerian soldier General Strong, a white officer in the Union army Confederate Soldier PROLOGUE N1: The year is 1861. The Civil War is tearing the U.S. apart. N2: The Confederate army is fighting to form its own country in the South, where people can continue to own slaves. N1: President Abraham Lincoln wants to keep the country together and end slavery. He needs men to join the North’s Union army. N2: Free African-Americans in the North rush to enlist. N1: But they are turned away. N2: The Union army says black men do not have the courage or skills for battle. N1: But soon, African- American soldiers will prove just how brave they are. They will strike a powerful blow for freedom and justice. SCENE 1 N2: In 1863, Lincoln declares that all slaves in the South are free. He also says that black men can join the Union army. These announcements are part of an order called the Emancipation Proclamation. N1: William Carney wants to learn more about it. He goes to hear Frederick Douglass speak to a cheering crowd in Massachusetts. CARNEY (calling out): Is it true?! Will the slaves really be set free? FREDERICK: Yes! But the Union has to win the war first. N2: Frederick’s son speaks up. LEWIS: Until then, the new order won’t be enforced. FREDERICK: We need men like you to join with us and fight. N1: A white Union soldier walks by. UNION SOLDIER: You don’t have the courage for battle! FREDERICK: Don’t listen to him! Enlist now! CARNEY: I can’t fight for an army that does not respect me. FREDERICK: Don’t fight for the army. Fight for us. Fight for the freedom of our people. CARNEY: What if I am killed? FREDERICK: It is better to die as a free man than to live as a slave. CARNEY: That’s true. N2: Like Frederick, William Carney was born a slave. After great struggle, he escaped to freedom in the North. CARNEY: I will do anything to end the horror of slavery. N1: Lewis smiles and shakes Carney’s hand. LEWIS: Welcome, soldier! SCENE 2 N2: William Carney travels to Boston, Massachusetts. N1: He joins the 54th Massachusetts Infantry, one of the first African-American units to fight in the Civil War. N2: Lewis is an officer. He leads the men through drills. LEWIS: Forward march! Hut, two, three, four! N1: The soldiers march in perfect rows. N2: Colonel Shaw, a white officer, interrupts the training. SHAW: I have news. The Confederates are saying that any black soldiers captured in battle will be sold into slavery. WALL: No! SHAW: They also say that any white officer in command of black troops will be killed. CARNEY: They can’t scare us. N1: More determined than ever, the soldiers continue training. SCENE 3 N2: Three months go by. The 54th Infantry is ready for battle. N1: Dressed in uniform, the men march proudly through the streets of Boston. N2: Wall waves the Union flag as they pass cheering crowds. LEWIS: Hold that flag high, Private Wall! WALL: Yes, sir! LEWIS: Our flag stands for the promise of liberty and justice for all! It is the heart and soul of our unit. N1: The soldiers board a ship. They are headed for the Southern battlefields. SCENE 4 N2: The unit arrives in South Carolina, where the soldiers receive their first paychecks. N1: Carney looks at his check. CARNEY: This is a mistake! These wages are much too low. WALL: White soldiers make twice as much! N2: The men decide to protest. LEWIS: General Shaw, we were promised equal pay. We demand new checks! N1: The soldiers rip up their paychecks. SHAW: You’re right. This is unfair! I won’t accept my wages either. N2: To support his men, Shaw tears up his paycheck too. N1: It will be more than a year before the U.S. government pays African-American soldiers equal wages. SCENE 5 N2: After months of service, the 54th Infantry has yet to fight in a battle. N1: Instead, the men are stuck doing hard labor. N2: The soldiers dig trenches and build roads. N1: John Wall is fed up. He throws down his shovel. WALL: I joined this army to fight for freedom, not to dig! CARNEY: Yeah! I feel like I am still a slave. LEWIS: Be patient. Our turn will come. SCENE 6 N2: Colonel Shaw knows that his men are ready to fight. N1: When he hears that the Union army plans to attack Fort Wagner, he arranges a meeting with General Strong. SHAW: Let the 54th lead the charge against Fort Wagner. STRONG: I don’t know. It will be a very difficult mission. SHAW: My men are good soldiers. They deserve the chance to prove it. STRONG: Fort Wagner is the South’s best fort. It has a moat, high walls, and 14 cannons! What do you have that can beat it? SHAW: Hope—and courage! SCENE 7 N2: For two days, the 54th Infantry marches through mud in the rain without any food or sleep. N1: Finally, they reach the seashore near Fort Wagner. N2: Shaw meets with Lewis. SHAW: Have the men ready to storm the fort at dusk. LEWIS: How will we cross the moat and climb those high walls under enemy fire? SHAW: Don’t worry. There are only 300 men inside. N1: Shaw doesn’t know it, but he’s wrong. The fort holds 1,700 Confederate soldiers waiting with grenades and guns. SCENE 8 N2: On July 18, 1863, the 54th Infantry prepares for battle. N1: Carney sharpens and shines his bayonet. Lewis hands him a scrap of fabric. CARNEY: What is this? LEWIS: A name tag. Pin it to your uniform. If you die in battle, it will identify you. N2: Carney looks worried. LEWIS: Courage, private. This is our chance to be heroes. N1: General Strong rides up the beach on a horse. He sees John Wall holding the flag. STRONG: Carrying the flag is a dangerous job. But it is one of great honor. WALL: Yes, sir! N2: Shaw talks to the men. SHAW: The eyes of thousands will look on what you do tonight. Take the fort or die! N1: The soldiers run toward Fort Wagner at full speed. SCENE 9 N2: The soldiers charge across a narrow strip of sand. SHAW: Ready, aim... Fire! N1: Their bullets bounce off Fort Wagner’s thick walls. N2: Shaw wades into the moat. SHAW: Forward, 54th! N1: Boom! A cannon fires. Men are blown into the air. LEWIS: Shaw is shot! He’s dead! CARNEY: What do we do?! LEWIS: Keep fighting! N2: Boom! A grenade explodes. WALL: I’m hit! N1: John Wall stumbles. He is about to drop the flag. N2: Carney throws down his gun and grabs the flag. CARNEY: Follow me! N1: He waves the flag as the Union troops climb the wall. N2: They are swarmed by Confederate soldiers. LEWIS: We’re outnumbered! CARNEY: This way! N1: He leads the men through a storm of smoke and bullets. CONFEDERATE SOLDIER: You’ll never win! Surrender now! CARNEY: Never! N2: Carney can barely crawl, but he does not let go of the flag. Soaked in his own blood, he makes it to the Union base. UNION SOLDIER: Quick! This man needs help! CARNEY: Boys, the flag never touched the ground. N1: William Carney collapses. Nearly half of his unit has been killed, hurt, or captured. EPILOGUE N2: News soon spread of the 54th Massachusetts Infantry and its men’s heroic fighting. N1: Though they lost the battle, they caused great damage to Fort Wagner. N2: Even more important, the African-American soldiers won the respect of the Union. N1: The men’s courage and spirit inspired many more African-Americans to enlist. N2: In all, nearly 200,000 black soldiers and sailors fought for the Union, helping to win the Civil War and end slavery. N1: In 1900, William Carney was the first African- American to be awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor. N2: The men of the 54th had found their path to glory. GET QUIZZES AND MORE AT ACTION ONLINE! www.scholastic.com/actionmag Action Activity You’ve just read“The Path to Glory.” What are some of the moods created by this play? Let’s take a closer look. TIP Mood is the feeling a reader gets from reading a piece of writing. Writers create different moods through word choice, setting, plot, and the words characters say. Pictures can also create a mood. WHAT TO DO: Answer the questions below. 1. Look at the illustration on page 18. The mood could be described as excited. Write down clues from the illustration or the caption that help explain why. 2. In Scene 4, the mood is angry. Pick TWO lines below that help create this mood. A “The unit arrives in South Carolina.” C “You’re right. This is unfair!” B “We demand new checks!” D “Carney looks at his check.” 3. At the end of Scene 8, the mood could be described as determined but also nervous. Explain why. 4. In Scene 9, is the mood still determined? Why or why not? How does the illustration on page 20 add to the mood in this scene? 5. In the Epilogue, what words does the author use to create a hopeful mood?
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