Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Colonel Robert Shaw

Today we feature a portrait of Civil War Colonel Robert Shaw. It was on this day (July 18th) in the year 1863 that Robert Shaw led the 54th Massachusetts Infantry against the heavily entrenched Confederate position at Fort Wagner. The 54th Massachusetts Infantry was made up of Runaway and Emancipated Slaves. Colonel Shaw led the charge and, along with most of his regiment, fell in the attack. The confederates, highly offended that the Union would employ ex-slaves in the army, sought to desecrate Mr. Shaw, by burying him in a mass grave with the Black soldiers who fell with him. This attempt to humiliate Shaw turns out to be the greatest honor that could have been bestowed on him. Mr Shaw, and his brave Black compatriots, was the subject of the movie "Glory"

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