Colonel Robert Gould Shaw of the 54th Massachusetts Infantry-
An Original Article – Harper’s Weekly – August 15, 1863
(Click to enlarge and read article) “None Knew Him But to Love Him”
The Last Night of Robert Gould Shaw~
1837–63, Union hero in the American Civil War, b. Boston. An ardent white abolitionist, he was colonel of the 54th Massachusetts Regiment, the first body of black troops raised in a free state. He was killed leading the regiment in the attack on Fort Wagner, Charleston, S.C. A sculptured figure of him by Augustus Saint-Gaudens is on Boston Common. Portrayed in the Film “Glory” by Mathew Broderick.
“There they march, warm-blooded champions of a better day for man. There on horseback among them, in his very habit as he lived, sits the blue-eyed child of fortune, upon whose happy youth every divinity had smiled … ” Oration by William James at the exercises in the Boston Music Hall, May 31, 1897, upon the unveiling of the Shaw Monument.
Glory is one of my favorite movies and I used to live not far from the Shaw Neighborhood in DC. Enjoy.