“Please contact the Massachusetts historical society for the correction on their historical facts and also the Civil War Trust and The Schiller Institute” if there are discrepancies in their wording of the situation.’
"Massachusetts Historical Society: 54th Regiment.” 2011. 25 Apr. 2013 <http://www.masshist.org/online/54thregiment/essay.php?entry_id=528> 54th Massachusetts Regiment Shaw felt the way the men pictured above were treated to be unacceptable. He fought to help make their wages, uniforms, and supplies equal to that of white soldiers.
The question of pay to the volunteers became an important issue, even before the regiment’s departure from Boston on May 18. When Governor Andrew first proposed the idea to Edwin M. Stanton, Secretary of War, Andrew was assured that the men would be paid, clothed, and treated in the same way as white troops. As the recruiting posters and newspaper advertisements stated, this included a state bounty and a monthly pay of $13. In July of 1863, an order was issued in Washington fixing the compensation of black soldiers at the laborers’ rate of $10 per month. This amount was offered on several occasions to the men of the 54th, but was continually refused. Governor Andrew and the Massachusetts legislature, feeling responsible for the $3 discrepancy in pay promised to the troops, passed an act in November of 1863 providing the difference from state funds. The men refused to accept this resolution, however, demanding that they receive full soldier pay from the federal government. It was not until September of 1864 that the men of the 54th received any compensation for their valiant efforts, finally receiving their full pay since the time of enlistment, totalling $170,000. (Footnote 7) Each soldier was paid a $50 bounty before leaving Camp Meigs and this is the extent of the bounty that many received. By a later law, $325 was paid to some men, however most families received no State aid. (Footnote 8)
“When he learned that black soldiers were to receive less pay than whites, Shaw led a boycott of all wages until the situation was changed”
Source: by http://www.civilwar.org/education/history/biographies/robert-gould-shaw.html
The Schiller institute:
“Over and over again, Shaw had to fight on behalf of his black soldiers, as his own Union Army did not want to sent them proper shoes, uniforms, weapons, etc. Shaw even helped to start a salary boycott when the Army broke its promise and paid the black soldiers only half of the pay that whites received. When desperate letters began to arrive from the families of the black troops explaining that they were facing financial hardships because of the pay boycott, Shaw organized fellow Abolitionists to send money to help maintain these families so that the boycott could continue.”