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.

Colonel Robert Gould Shaw of the 54th Massachusetts Regiment Volunteer Infantry.

Colonel Robert Gould Shaw of the 54th Massachusetts Regiment Volunteer Infantry.

Memorial to Colonel Robert Gould Shaw and the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment first coloured regiment in service with United States Army in Boston Massachusetts.

Memorial to Colonel Robert Gould Shaw and the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment first coloured regiment in service with United States Army in Boston Massachusetts.

Glory was one of my favorite books and movies and the story was one of the things that sparked my interest in visiting Boston.

Glory was one of my favorite books and movies and the story was one of the things that sparked my interest in visiting Boston.

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

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