Robert Gould Shaw commanded the 54th Massachusetts Infantry, an African American regiment. Shaw had already fought in the battles of Cedar Mountain and Antietam with the 2nd MA Inf. when he took command of the 54th at the age of 25. Shaw was hesitant to leave his comrades for service in a regiment that he doubted would ever see action. Never the less, he would die leading them during their assault on Battery Wagner outside of Chalreston, SC.

Robert Gould Shaw commanded the 54th Massachusetts Infantry, an African American regiment. Shaw had already fought in the battles of Cedar Mountain and Antietam with the 2nd MA Inf. when he took command of the 54th at the age of 25. Shaw was hesitant to leave his comrades for service in a regiment that he doubted would ever see action. Never the less, he would die leading them during their assault on Battery Wagner outside of Chalreston, SC.

Robert Gould Shaw -- As Colonel, he commanded the all-black 54th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment, which entered the war in 1863. He was killed in the Second Battle of Fort Wagner, near Charleston, South Carolina. He is the principal subject of the 1989 film Glory. Photo colorized by S.Palmer.

Robert Gould Shaw -- As Colonel, he commanded the all-black 54th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment, which entered the war in 1863. He was killed in the Second Battle of Fort Wagner, near Charleston, South Carolina. He is the principal subject of the 1989 film Glory. Photo colorized by S.Palmer.

A Charcoal drawing of Robert Gould Shaw III by John Singer Sargent - Shaw (1898 – 1970) was the only son of Nancy Langhorne (later Nancy Astor) & her first husband Robert Gould Shaw II, who was the son of Quincy Adams Shaw, a wealthy Boston investor. He had long had suicidal tendencies & his life mostly went adrift from an early point. In 1931, he was imprisoned for six months for his homosexuality. His alcoholism may have increased his suicidal tendencies. On July 10, 1970 he committed…

A Charcoal drawing of Robert Gould Shaw III by John Singer Sargent - Shaw (1898 – 1970) was the only son of Nancy Langhorne (later Nancy Astor) & her first husband Robert Gould Shaw II, who was the son of Quincy Adams Shaw, a wealthy Boston investor. He had long had suicidal tendencies & his life mostly went adrift from an early point. In 1931, he was imprisoned for six months for his homosexuality. His alcoholism may have increased his suicidal tendencies. On July 10, 1970 he committed…

Robert Gould Shaw Memorial by Augustus Saint-Gaudens honoring Robert Gould Shaw and the Afro-American 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry

Robert Gould Shaw Memorial by Augustus Saint-Gaudens honoring Robert Gould Shaw and the Afro-American 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry

Civil War: Colonel Robert Gould Shaw.  Led the 54th Massachusetts infantry, the first African-American unit.

Leader of the 54th Massachusetts: Colonel Robert Gould Shaw

Civil War: Colonel Robert Gould Shaw. Led the 54th Massachusetts infantry, the first African-American unit.

Captain Robert Gould Shaw, 2nd Massachusetts Infantry - Tragically killed in battle at age 23

Captain Robert Gould Shaw, 2nd Massachusetts Infantry - Tragically killed in battle at age 23

Robert Gould Shaw III by John Singer Sargent. Gorgeous work. Gorgeous subject.

Robert Gould Shaw III by John Singer Sargent. Gorgeous work. Gorgeous subject.

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