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Robert Gould Shaw was an American officer in the Union Army during the American Civil War. 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.


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.

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Leader of the 54th Massachusetts: Colonel Robert Gould Shaw

Civil War: Colonel Robert Gould Shaw. Led the 54th Massachusetts infantry, the first African-American unit.

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American Civil War: Battles of Fort Wagner


Col. Robert Gould Shaw, related to him through his 6th great grandparents Samuel Morse and Elizabeth Jasper. Samuel and Elizabeth were my 10th great grandparents.