The Civil War movies were brought up in another thread. Glory is a great one. If I'm not mistaken, this was Denzl Washington's first movie (or first Academy Award - whatever, he's a great actor).
The movie hits the slavery issue of the Civil War dead on, since it's about a black regiment.
By the way, I've been figuring it out, the units of military division go:
United States Government (President Lincoln with a Declaration of War from Congress)
Commanding General of the Union Army: George Meade
Then there were Divisions. Several Corps made up the Divisions.
The different Corps - these were made out of all the Brigades. I wonder how many brigades made a Corp?
Brigades - were made up of Regiments. I also don't know how many Regiments made up a Brigade.
Regiments - the 54th Massachusetts is the Regiment that "Glory" is about. Colonel Shaw commanded these men of about (how many?) troops.
I think platoons are under regiments, and I'm not sure if there is something larger than a platoon and smaller than a regiment.
Squads are parts of the platoons. And I think squads are the smallest unit.
Anyone know? Can someone tell us how many men made up each?
How much has the military changed since then?
How about each unit's commander's rank?