you to join with us and fight. N1: A white Union soldier officer, interrupts the training. SHAW: I have news. The as they pass cheering crowds. LEWIS: Hold that flag high, walks by. UNION SOLDIER: You don’t Confederates are saying that any black soldiers captured in battle will be sold into slavery. WALL: No! SHAW: They also say that any Private Wall! WALL: Yes, sir! LEWIS: Our flag stands for the have the courage for battle! FREDERICK: Don’t listen to promise of liberty and justice for all! It is the heart and soul of our unit. N1: The soldiers board a him! Enlist now! CARNEY: I can’t fight for an white officer in command of black troops will be killed. CARNEY: They can’t scare us. N1: More determined than ever, army that does not respect me. FREDERICK: Don’t fight for the ship. They are headed for the Southern battlefields. army. Fight for us. Fight for the freedom of our people. CARNEY: What if I am killed? FREDERICK: It is better to die the soldiers continue training. SCENE 4 SCENE 3 N2: Three months go by. The N2: The unit arrives in South as a free man than to live as a slave. CARNEY: That’s true. N2: Like Frederick, William Carolina, where the soldiers N1: Carney looks at his check. CARNEY: This is a mistake! ARTWORK BY BRAD WALKER 54th Infantry is ready for battle. N1: Dressed in uniform, the receive their first paychecks. men march proudly through the streets of Boston. N2: Wall waves the Union flag Carney was born a slave. After great struggle, he escaped to freedom in the North. CARNEY: I will do anything to These wages are much too low. WALL: White soldiers make 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 18 Scholastic Action | January 18, 2016 Frederick Douglass, top right, tells a cheering crowd about the Emancipation Proclamation.