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Robert Gould Shaw

Robert Gould Shaw

Robert Gould Shaw was the white commander of the all-black 54th
Massachusetts Regiment, which entered battle in mid-1863. Shaw was killed soon after at Fort Wagner and buried with his comrades by Confederate soldiers in a mass grave in South Carolina; one regimental soldier won the Medal of Honor. His abolitionist father said of his grave: "We can imagine no holier place than that in which he is ... nor wish him better company."

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