Shaw was an officer in the Federal Army during the American Civil War who volunteered to lead the first company of black soldiers. Shaw was forced to deal with the prejudices of both the enemy (who had orders to kill commanding officers of blacks), and of his own fellow officers. Written by
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Lance Norris: Boston radio legend appears as a man in the crowd as the troops are marching through Boston. See more »
During the advance of the 2nd Massachusetts infantry with Robert Shaw in front, the flag carried is the white state flag, however this flag, given to the regiment by the state government, was never carried in action. The correct flag would have been the state flag with a blue background, See more »
Robert Gould Shaw, the son of wealthy Boston abolitionists, was 23 years old when he enlisted to fight in the War Between the States. He wrote home regularly, telling his parents of life in the gathering Army of the Potomac. / These letters are collected in the Houghton Library of Harvard University.
Colonel Robert G. Shaw:
Dear Mother, I hope you are keeping well and not worrying much about me. You mustn't think that any of us are going to be killed. They are collecting such a force here, that an attack ...
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