Where Death and Glory Meet: Colonel Robert Gould Shaw and the 54th Massachusetts Infantry

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University of Georgia Press, 1999 - Biography & Autobiography - 179 pages
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On July 18, 1863, the African American soldiers of the Fifty-fourth Massachusetts Infantry led a courageous but ill-fated charge on Fort Wagner, a key bastion guarding Charleston harbor. Confederate defenders killed, wounded, or made prisoners of half the regiment. Only hours later, the body of Colonel Robert Gould Shaw, the regiment's white commander, was thrown into a mass grave with those of twenty of his men. The assault promoted the young colonel to the higher rank of martyr, ranking him alongside the legendary John Brown in the eyes of abolitionists.

In this biography of Shaw, Russell Duncan presents a poignant portrait of an average young soldier, just past the cusp of manhood and still struggling against his mother's indomitable will, thrust unexpectedly into the national limelight. Using information gleaned from Shaw's letters home before and during the war, Duncan tells the story of the rebellious son of wealthy Boston abolitionists who never fully reconciled his own racial prejudices yet went on to head the North's first black regiment and give his life to the cause of freedom. This thorough biography looks at Shaw from historical and psychological viewpoints and examines the complex family relationships that so strongly influenced him.

  

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Much like Joshua Chamberlain, Robert Gould Shaw has attained near-legendary status in the pantheon of Civil War heroes, yet the striking monument to Shaw and his men on Boston Common portrays a ... Read full review

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Really liked this, a quick read for non-fiction. This one of the books on which the movie "Glory" was based, but the real story is even more engaging. Read full review

Contents

Boston Common
1
Brahmin Childhood
3
3 Abolitionist Upbringing
6
4 Jesuit Education
8
5 Neuchatel
11
Hanover H 7 Harvard
18
NYC Businessman
22
9 New Yorks Darling Seventh
23
Soldiers of African Descent
51
17 Gods Work
52
Men of Color To Arms
59
The Officers
63
The Recruits
66
Camp Meigs
69
A Racial Education
76
23 Annie Haggerty Shaw
80

1o Officer Rank and Loyalty
28
1L John Brown and a Disciplined Army
31
Camp Life in Virginia 54
34
Antietam
36
Annie Haggerty
42
15 Emancipation Proclamation
47
So Fine a Set of Men
83
25 South Carolina
88
They Fought like Heroes
103
Fiftyfourth Massachusetts Infantry
116
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About the author (1999)

Russell Duncan is a professor at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark.

Marian Morton is a professor at John Carroll University.

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