The image on the poster depicts Fleetwood as an Officer, a rank which he did not obtain during the War, nor in regular service in the United States Army. His valor in being awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor seems to be well documented and one of the awards which was honestly won and deserved.
It was by the bigotry of the United States Army and the United States Goverment that he was not promoted to Officers ranks during the war as requested by his superiors. He impresses me as being the person that the actor Morgan Freeman built his charactor around as the black Sargeant-Major of the 54th Mass. Infantry in the movie "Glory".
But as we all know many of the Medals of Honor awarded during the War were revoked ( I believe several hundred) by the turn of the century upon review. The fact that appearently Sgt-Major/Major Fleetwoods' award was NOT revoked during that review, speaks for itself.
Speaking of all officer and men saluting the Medal of Honor recipiant first, was that custom observed during Sgt-Major Fleetwood's lifetime?