So shortly after 6:30 pm on july 18, 1863, union colonel robert gould shaw readied 600 men of the 54th massachusetts regiment for an assault on the fort shaw, the 25-year-old son of boston abolitionists, was white, as were all his officers. The 54th massachusetts regiment is the best known african american fighting unit formed during the civil war it was commanded by colonel robert gould shaw, a white abolitionist from massachusetts the regiment took heavy casualties during the war and gained everlasting fame. Despite his image in the 1989 film glory, robert gould shaw was a reluctant leader of the famous 54th massachusetts infantry, one of the first african american regiments in the civil war at the time he took command of the 54th in 1863, shaw was 25 years old and had already taken part in several battles with his old regiment, the 2nd. I saw this article posted on reddit about col shaw and how he led the first all-black regiment in us history when he died, confederate general johnson hagood refused to bury him with honors since he did not lead white soldiers and instead buried him with the men who fell with him as an insult, which turned out to be seen as an honor by shaw's family and others.
Robert gould shaw was a young bostonian with impeccable family connections, strongly abolitionist parents, and battle experience born 10 october 1837, he was the only son of francis gould and sarah sturgis shaw. This is a print of a framed oil painting by mort kunstler known as colonial robert shaw and the 54th shows colonel robert shaw and the 54th massachusetts regiment in boston, may 28th, 1863 this is in an american made 10 x 12 wood frame. Robert gould shaw was just 25 years old when he was killed leading a regiment of black soldiers into battle during the american civil war shaw was born into a wealthy boston family and attended harvard university before enlisting in the us army early in the civil war.
A civil war-era sword that was donated to the massachusetts historical society belonged to col robert gould shaw, head of the first civil war unit in the north made up of african-american. African american soldiers fighting in the civil war mattered because their service advanced a broader and unstated strategic necessity—white northerners accepting emancipation as a means of winning the war, if not as an end in and of itself. American civil war, also called war between the states, four-year war (1861-65) between the united states and 11 southern states that seceded from the union and formed the confederate states of america. Robert gould shaw (october 10, 1837 - july 18, 1863) was an american soldier in the union army during the american civil warborn 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. Uniform and badge need help in identifying possible civil war era uniform please uniform question i have a gar presentation medal col mitch riordon,post 560.
Jefferson davis (1808 - 1889) davis was a senator from mississippi during the civil war, he was the president of the southern confederate states who wished to retain slavery and break away from the union. Ahc brings you the war story of american hero lt colonel shaw serving in wwii, korea, and vietnam, lt colonel shaw has countless stories of heroism, sacrifice, and life from his time in the military. The division's commander was brig gen francis channing barlow, who had tutored colonel shaw before the war and married one of his sisters in 1867 barlow, a pugnacious fighter and strict disciplinarian, was not popular among the irish, although such sentiments were not unique to them.
At the age of 16, alexander h johnson was the first african-american musician to enlist in the us military, joining the 54th massachusetts volunteers under col robert gould shaw johnson was adopted by william henry johnson, the second black lawyer in the united states and close associate of frederick douglass. In deploying his men, strong accorded colonel robert gould shaw's 54th massachusetts the honor of leading the assault one of the first regiments composed of african american troops, the 54th massachusetts deployed in two lines of five companies each. Colonel robert gould shaw is the main protagonist of the film glory he was the colonel of the 54th massachusetts volunteer infantry regiment he was famous for writing letters to his family during the american civil war.
Those familiar with the critical role that the recruitment of black troops into the union armies in the american civil war usually know about the famous massachusetts 54th regiment under colonel robert gould shaw which has received wide attention in book, film and sculpture. Colonel robert gould shaw died during the civil war he was the first american to serve as colonel of a regiment of 1,000 black soldiers during the civil war the penalty was death if caught by the confederate soldiers. The american battlefield trust is a charitable organization whose primary focus is the preservation of battlefields of the american civil war, the revolutionary war and the war of 1812 through acquisition of battlefield land.