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Shaw, Robert Gould,

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-GaudensSaint-Gaudens, Augustus
, 1848–1907, American sculptor, b. Dublin, Ireland. His family immigrated to New York when he was an infant. An apprentice in cameo cutting at 13, he gained mastery over low-relief sculpture.
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 is on Boston Common.


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Shaw, Robert Gould

(1837–63) soldier; born in Boston, Mass. The son of abolitionists, he enlisted in the Union army early in the Civil War. In April 1863 he assumed command—initially with some reluctance—of the Fifty-fourth Massachusetts, the first northern black regiment to see combat. He was killed in July leading a charge on Fort Wagner, South Carolina. He and the events leading to this fateful charge were portrayed in the film Glory (1990). Shaw and his regiment are memorialized in a low-relief sculpture by Saint-Gaudens (1884–97) in the Boston Common.
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Early in the year 1897 I received a letter inviting me to deliver an address at the dedication of the Robert Gould Shaw monument in Boston.
Though Boston erected no monument and history recorded no story, in you and in the loyal race which you represent, Robert Gould Shaw would have a monument which time could not wear away," then came the climax of the emotion of the day and the hour.
Edward Zwick (1989) A look at the American Civil War that focuses on the black participants, Washington co-stars alongside Matthew Broderick, who portrays Colonel Robert Gould Shaw, who volunteers to lead the first ever all-African-American regiment, amongst them an escaped slave named Trip (Washington) who at first is distrustful of Shaw leading the group, but learns to accept him as Shaw handles both the enemies and bigotry from his own side.
Col Robert Gould Shaw volunteers to lead the first all-black company during the American Civil War, facing prejudice and criticism from all sides.
For the Union Dead" takes its inspiration from and makes a centerpiece of a public monument, Augustus Saint-Gaudens's memorial to Colonel Robert Gould Shaw (1837-1863) and the Massachusetts Fifty-fourth infantry (fig.
Thomas Wentworth Higginson commanded the first regiment of southern blacks in the Union army and Robert Gould Shaw commanded the first regiment of blacks enlisted in the North.
1 GLORY (1989) ROBERT GOULD SHAW (Matthew Broderick) leads the US Civil War's first all-black volunteer company.
Robert Gould Shaw and the 54th Massachusetts, a troop of African-American soldiers led by white officers that was formed immediately after Pres.
Robert Gould Shaw, commander of the war's first African-American regiment, just after 11 a.
Colonel Robert Gould Shaw was just 25 years old when he assumed his command in 1863.
A Most Important Command": Colonel Robert Gould Shaw and the 54th Massachusetts.
2 Which Bond actor played wealthy Boston playboy Robert Gould Shaw in the 1982 BBC2 drama series Nancy Astor?