William Carney
By: Joe Danti
English 11
Due Date 2-14-07
And his many accomplishments
Early Life
• Born March 28 1842
• He was born in Virginia
• Escaped to Massachusetts through the
underground railroad
• Bo...
• Part of the 54th
Volunteer Massachusetts
Infantry
• He trained for several months before going
into battle
• Carney repo...
The 54th
Massachusetts Volunteer
Infantry
The 54th
was one of the first black regiments in
the united states army. The 54t...
Legacy
To this day William Carney is still
recognized. There is a public high school
named after him and his great
accompl...
Medal of Honor
The medal of honor is considered to be the
best award available in the us army for
combat against the enemy...
Fort Wagner, Georgia
The fort was heavily guarded, but still the
order was to move on. Carney fought
valiantly to make it ...
“Boys I only did my duty, but the old flag
never touched the ground”
Carney fought to keep moving, assisted by other
membe...
The Road Home
Carney struggling for life laid atop a bunker
holding the American flag high. He
watched as southern soldier...
After the War
• A few months after the
war Carney was
discharged from the
army.
• Carney decided to
move back to new
Bedfo...
Civil War
Fact
More than half the
accomplishments in
the civil war were not
recognized until 20 or
more years after the
wa...
First African American.First African American.
More the 37 years later, William CarneyMore the 37 years later, William Car...
Carneys DemiseCarneys Demise
 William Carney died in 1908 at his newWilliam Carney died in 1908 at his new
Bedford home i...
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  1. 1. William Carney By: Joe Danti English 11 Due Date 2-14-07 And his many accomplishments
  2. 2. Early Life • Born March 28 1842 • He was born in Virginia • Escaped to Massachusetts through the underground railroad • Bought his family out of slavery by being a sailor
  3. 3. • Part of the 54th Volunteer Massachusetts Infantry • He trained for several months before going into battle • Carney reported to Hilton Head,South Carolina in early 1863 • The 54th faced their first real battle July 18th 1863 on Fort Wagner, Georgia Military Life
  4. 4. The 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry The 54th was one of the first black regiments in the united states army. The 54th was a volunteer regiment, they received no pay, and many lost there lives fighting for there freedom.
  5. 5. Legacy To this day William Carney is still recognized. There is a public high school named after him and his great accomplishments. It is located in New Bedford, Massachusetts, where he served in the army.
  6. 6. Medal of Honor The medal of honor is considered to be the best award available in the us army for combat against the enemy. The medal has been awarded for over 140 years. To receive the medal you must perform and extraordinary task.
  7. 7. Fort Wagner, Georgia The fort was heavily guarded, but still the order was to move on. Carney fought valiantly to make it to the base. Carney was running when he saw the flag holder drop to the ground after being shot. Carney dropped his gun and ran full speed to catch the flag before it hit the ground.
  8. 8. “Boys I only did my duty, but the old flag never touched the ground” Carney fought to keep moving, assisted by other members of his regiment he advanced onward towards the base. Even though shot in the left leg he held onto the flag and kept moving. He passed all of the bases defense and made it into the fort. He planted the flag on the parapet.
  9. 9. The Road Home Carney struggling for life laid atop a bunker holding the American flag high. He watched as southern soldiers advanced on him. Realizing he had no protection he turned and ran back towards his home base. While running back he was shot a few more times in his left hand, twice in the chest, and his already shot left leg. He made it back to the base and was taken to the hospital.
  10. 10. After the War • A few months after the war Carney was discharged from the army. • Carney decided to move back to new Bedford Massachusetts where he spent next several years as a mail carrier. • After retiring from being a mail carrier he worked as a messenger at the state house.
  11. 11. Civil War Fact More than half the accomplishments in the civil war were not recognized until 20 or more years after the war.
  12. 12. First African American.First African American. More the 37 years later, William CarneyMore the 37 years later, William Carney became the first African American tobecame the first African American to receive the congressional medal of honor.receive the congressional medal of honor. Even though by the time he was awardedEven though by the time he was awarded his medal several other black Americanshis medal several other black Americans had received similar awards, Carney ishad received similar awards, Carney is credited as being the first to earn thecredited as being the first to earn the medal of honor.medal of honor.
  13. 13. Carneys DemiseCarneys Demise  William Carney died in 1908 at his newWilliam Carney died in 1908 at his new Bedford home in Massachusetts.Bedford home in Massachusetts.  He’s still a very well recognized War HeroHe’s still a very well recognized War Hero in the United States Armyin the United States Army  He may be gone but he will never beHe may be gone but he will never be forgottenforgotten

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