* "If you men will take no pay...then ''none of us will''."
* Black children stare in wonder at the 54th as they march past former plantations, and Sergeant Major Rawlins says "That's right, Hons. Ain't no dream. We runaway slaves but we come back fightin' men. Go tell your folks how kingdom come in the year of jubilee!" The swelling music adds to the impact.
* The scene where the 54th is cheered as they head out for the assault on Fort Wagner is one that makes the audience want to stand up and cheer along with them.
** "Give 'em hell, 54th!!"
* The entire assault on Battery Wagner (Fort Wagner in the movie), but particularly the final charge. After getting absolutely hammered by artillery for almost half a day, the 54th manage goes on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge after Shaw's killed. They overran the parapet and partially occupy the fort, before they are finally beaten back (off-camera) by the fort's internal defenses.