December 15, 1989
When Captain Shaw, a soldier for the Union Army, meets Frederick Douglas, he volunteers to head the first African-American regiment of the North and is promoted to Colonel. When the Union learns the Confederates have ordered the immediate death of any African-American Union soldier and their commanders the entire regiment is given the choice of discharge, but all refuse. Shaw then finds himself fighting with his own superiors for support for his troops, who are being slighted due to their race. When they then volunteer to lead an important charge, half of the regiment is killed, but they secure the victory for the North and their bravery leads to more African-Americans volunteering for the Union.