Gould Shaw's Pages
Robert Gould Shaw, 1863,
care of Boston Athenaeum.
Gould Shaw is best remembered in history as the brave
colonel who led the 54th Massachusetts in their fearless
charge at Fort Wagner. But what makes him an
extraordinary individual lies beyond this noble deed. In
what would be a few months with the regiment, Shaw's
remarkable personal growth found him transformed from
"an ordinary mortal" to a compassionate and
selfless leader who "laid down his life" for
his men and "for a race." This is what makes
him a true hero.
Biography of Robert Gould Shaw
"He Laid Down His
Life for a Race"
Gould Shaw's Pages
The Raid on Darien,
The Shaw Memorial
Pages at this Web Site
"Storming Fort Wagner"
The Battle of Olustee (Ocean Pond)
Places Seen by the 54th Massachusetts
Friend, Henry Lee Higginson
Biography of Henry Lee Higginson: Page 1, Page 2
Friends of Henry Lee
Lee Higginson's Soldiers Field Address
The Life Story of Henry Lee Higginson, Part II:
Page 1, Page 2, Page 3, Page 4
Robert Gould Shaw:
"He Laid Down His Life for a Race" - The story of Robert
Gould Shaw's life.
The Raid on Darien, Georgia - This page features a
letter by Shaw to his wife Annie about the
"expedition" to Darien, and also includes a
photo of Shaw and of St. Simons Island where his letter
The Shaw Memorial - The bronze relief honoring the
colonel and the 54th Massachusetts was completed in 1897
and stands in Boston today. The original plaster cast by
artist Augustus Saint-Gaudens is housed in the
Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site in Cornish, New
Hampshire. A copy of the plaster castlocated in the
National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.is
featured in the photos on this page.
"Storming Fort Wagner" - This famous
chromolithograph by Louis Kurz and Alexander Allison,
printed in 1890, depicts Colonel Robert Gould Shaw and
the men of the 54th Massachusetts in their fateful charge
on the indomitable fort.
The Battle of Olustee (Ocean Pond) - On February
20, 1864, the 54th fought alongside two other black
regiments: the 8th U.S. Colored Troops and the 35th U.S.
Colored Troops. This was the largest Civil War battle in
the state of Florida, and a terrible defeat for the Union
Places Seen by the 54th Massachusetts - During their service,
the 54th Massachusetts had been to the following places referenced on
this page: Beaufort, South Carolina; St. Simons Island, Georgia; Fort
Sumter, Morris Island, and Charleston, South Carolina; Olustee, Florida;
and Savannah, Georgia.
The Biography of Henry Lee Higginson - As a friend
of Henry Lee Higginson, Shaw is referenced in both pages
of this biography.
Friends of Henry Lee Higginson - On this page is
an image of Shaw along with a brief synopsis of his
Henry Lee Higginson's Soldiers Field Address -
Higginson mentions Shaw among his friends in the address
he delivered on June 5, 1890, in which Higginson
presented Harvard College a gift of 31 acres of land that
The Life Story of Henry Lee Higginson, Part II -
These four pages in the Civil War Years section of
Higginson's story include references to Robert Gould
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