Person:Robert Shaw (30)

  1. Col. Robert Gould Shaw1837 - 1863
  2. Susanna Shaw1839 - 1936
  3. Josephine Shaw1843 - 1905
Facts and Events
Name Col. Robert Gould Shaw
Gender Male
Birth[1] 10 Oct 1837 Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States
Military? May 1861 2nd Massachusetts Infantry (Civil War)
Reference Number? Q713931?
Military? 13 Mar 1863 54th Massachusetts Infantry (Civil War)
Death[1] 18 Jul 1863 Charleston, South Carolina, United States Combatant of Second Fort Wagner

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Robert Gould Shaw (October 10, 1837 – July 18, 1863) was an American soldier in the Union Army during the American Civil War. Born into a prominent abolitionist family, he accepted command of the first all-black regiment (54th Massachusetts) in the Northeast and encouraged the men to refuse their pay until it was equal to the white troops' wage. At the Second Battle of Fort Wagner, a beachhead near Charleston, South Carolina, Shaw was killed while leading his men to the parapet of the Confederate held fort. Although they were overwhelmed and driven back, Shaw's leadership passed into legend with a unit that inspired tens of thousands more African-Americans to enlist for the Union and contribute to its ultimate victory.

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  2.   Shaw, Robert Gould. Letters. (Bethesda, Maryland: University Publications of America, c1991).