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On July 18, 1863, the 54th Massachusetts marched on Fort Wagner in a failed bid to take the fort. Many of them were killed that day. The 54th has been immortalized in the movie Glory.
Despite overwhelming odds, despite fighting against a terrible foe, despite fighting for people who hated them and for a country that never considered them equal, they pressed on in courage. It is beyond what most can do.
During the battle the flag-bearer was slain, but William Harvey Carney caught the flag and carried it through the battle, never letting it touch the ground. In these troubled times, the American flag can be a source of great irritation for us, as we're being beaten around the head by the idea that we should worship it in some way. But the flag is just a piece of cloth. Carney wasn't protecting a piece of cloth; he was protecting the idea that we should be free Americans.
To commemorate this day I made this oil called 54, the first in a line of oils that honors great people of history. This oil is for extreme courage in dire straits