Shaw, Robert Gould, 1837-1863

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Shaw, of Massachusetts, was colonel of the first black regiment to serve with the Union Army during the Civil War. He and over half his regiment were killed in battle at Fort Wagner, South Carolina on July 18, 1863.

From the description of Letters to his family and other papers, 1852-1947 (inclusive) 1855-1863 (bulk). (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 122468819

From the guide to the Robert Gould Shaw letters to his family and other papers, 1852-1947 (inclusive) 1855-1863 (bulk)., (Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University)

Robert Gould Shaw, the son of Francis George Shaw, merchant, lawyer, abolitionist, social reformer, and philanthropist, and Sarah Blake Shaw, spent his early years at Brooke Farm in Massachusetts, a utopian commune. When Brooke Farm failed, the family lived on the East Coast and in Europe. Robert attended schools in Switzerland, then Harvard. He worked briefly in New York but found his calling in the military first in the 7th New York Regiment where he served for 30 days until it was disbanded, then as a second lieutenant in the 2nd Massachusetts. When Massachusetts Governor John A. Andrew decided to form a black volunteer unit, Francis, Robert's father, personally delivered to his son the request to join. Robert was reluctant, being happy in his own unit, but finally agreed. He drilled the men at Fort Meigs, Boston. Gradually he got to know his men as individuals, and they grew to respect each other. He was killed at Fort Wagner, South Carolina, on July 18, 1863.

From the description of Letter to Francis G. Shaw, 1863 February 24. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 61113324

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referencedIn Autograph File, H, 1584-1988. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Cook, George S. (George Smith), 1819-1902,. 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment photographs, 1863-ca. 1880. Massachusetts Historical Society
referencedIn Sumner, Charles, 1811-1874. List of subscribers for the Robert Gould Shaw monument, [1865]. Massachusetts Historical Society
referencedIn William James papers, 1803-1941 (inclusive) 1862-1910 (bulk). Houghton Library.
referencedIn Van Dresar, Francis. Civil War letter of Francis Van Dresar, 1862 Aug. 23. Navarro College
referencedIn Curtis, Greely Stevenson, 1830-1897. Greely Stevenson Curtis papers, 1861-1863. Emory University Library, Special Collect Department
referencedIn Theatrical scrapbook collection, 1791-1967. Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University.
creatorOf Shaw, Robert Gould, 1837-1863. Letters, 1863. Massachusetts Historical Society
referencedIn Lowell, James Russell, 1819-1891. Papers of James Russell Lowell [manuscript], 1802-1927 (bulk 1838-1891). University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Jewett, Richard Henry Lee, 1834-. Letters, 1860-1865, to Eliza Nutting Jewett. Boston Athenaeum
referencedIn Emilio, Luis F. (Luis Fenollosa), b. 1844. Records of the Fifty-Fourth Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment, 1863-1901. Massachusetts Historical Society
referencedIn Saint-Gaudens, Augustus, 1848-1907. [Materials relating to Hope and Glory : centennial celebration of the monument to Robert Gould Shaw and the 54th Massachusetts Regiment]. State Library of Massachusetts
referencedIn Black, James Wallace, 1825-1896,. 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment carte de visite album, ca. 1863-1865. Massachusetts Historical Society
referencedIn U. S. Civil War letters, 1861-1864. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Shaw, Francis George, 1809-1882. Letters : concerning Robert Gould Shaw, 1863-1864. Harvard University, Houghton Library
creatorOf Johnson, Laura Winthrop, 1825-1889. Laura Winthrop Johnson papers, 1862-1889. Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
referencedIn Cox, Gardner, 1906-1988. Gardner Cox papers, 1920-1995. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Wolcott, Joshua Huntington, 1804-1891. Wolcott family Civil War carte de visite album, ca. 1860-1866. Massachusetts Historical Society
referencedIn Palfrey, Sarah Hammond, 1823-1914. The Shaw Monument poem with photograph of the Shaw Monument [manuscript], 1913 Aug 5. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn [South Carolina broadside collection 1780-1870]. Duke University Libraries, Duke University Library; Perkins Library
referencedIn John Read papers, 1853-1915. Houghton Library.
referencedIn McArthur, William L. Letter, 1863 July 20 (Hilton Head, S.C.), to Dear Father. University of South Carolina, University Libraries
referencedIn Robert Gould Shaw letters to his family and other papers, 1852-1947 (inclusive) 1855-1863 (bulk). Houghton Library.
referencedIn Robert Lowell (1816-1891) Collection, 1864-1891 University of Virginia. Library. Special Collections Dept.
referencedIn Andrew, John A. (John Albion), 1818-1867. Letters to Francis G. Shaw, 1863. Massachusetts Historical Society
referencedIn Gittleman, Edwin, 1929-. Research materials, 1980s-1996. Massachusetts Historical Society
referencedIn Harvard University Archives Photograph Collection: Portraits, ca. 1852-ca. 2004 Harvard University Archives.
creatorOf Robert Gould Shaw letters to his family and other papers, 1852-1947 (inclusive) 1855-1863 (bulk). Houghton Library.
referencedIn Portrait file: Guide. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Houghton Library printed book provenance file, R-Z, and unidentified. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Pinckney, Thomas, 1828-1915. My reminiscences of the war and reconstruction times [manuscript] : proof sheets, 1910. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Shaw family correspondence, 1862-1876 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn Samuel Taylor Coleridge miscellaneous correspondence, 1794-1833. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Howe, Julia Ward, 1819-1910. Papers of Julia Ward Howe, 1858-1908. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Laura Winthrop Johnson papers, 1862-1889 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn Rogers Memorial Collection: Henry Munroe Rogers papers, 1812-1937 (inclusive), 1862-1937 (bulk). Houghton Library.
referencedIn Theatrical scrapbook collection, 1791-1967. Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University.
referencedIn Richard Brinsley Sheridan additional papers, 1753-1868. Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University.
referencedIn Rogers, Henry Munroe, 1839-1937,. Rogers Memorial Collection: Henry Munroe Rogers papers, 1812-1937 (inclusive), 1862-1937 (bulk). Harvard University, Houghton Library
creatorOf Child, Lydia Maria, 1802-1880. Lydia Maria Child Scrapbook, 1876. Cornell University Library
referencedIn Saxton, Rufus, 1824-1908. Rufus Saxton papers, 1863 Jan 4-1866 Mar. 25. University of South Carolina, University Libraries
referencedIn Shaw family. Letters received, 1859-1940. Boston Athenaeum
referencedIn Pinckney, Thomas, 1828-1915. My reminiscences of the war and reconstruction : proof sheets, 1905? University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Amory, Copley, 1890-1964. Papers, 1860-1942. Dartmouth College Library
creatorOf Shaw, Robert Gould, 1837-1863. Letters to his family and other papers, 1852-1947 (inclusive) 1855-1863 (bulk). Harvard University, Houghton Library
referencedIn Forbes, John Murray, 1813-1898. John Murray Forbes letter to George William Curtis, [manuscript], 1891 January 24. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Autograph File, S, 1556-1996. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Lowell, James Russell, 1819-1891. Papers, 1842-1924, bulk: 1842-1891. Massachusetts Historical Society
referencedIn Papers, 1776-1927 and undated. Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University.
referencedIn Miscellaneous theatrical papers, 1673-1976. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Letters and family papers, 1783-1957. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Louis Evan Shipman papers, ca. 1859-1933. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Letters sent to Watson G. Haynes on the initiative to change regulations in the United States Navy, 1846-1852. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Dana, Charles A. (Charles Anderson), 1819-1897. Papers of Charles A. Dana manuscript], 1844-1895. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Lyman, Theodore, 1833-1897. Massachusetts Civil War dead picture album, ca. 1870-1880. Massachusetts Historical Society
referencedIn Miscellaneous theatrical costume designs, ca. 1914-1978. Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University.
referencedIn Papers relating to the gift of Soldiers Field, Harvard University, 1890. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Shaw, Robert Gould, 1837-1863. Letter to Francis G. Shaw, 1863 February 24. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States Commandery of the State of Massachusetts Civil War collection, 1724-1933 (inclusive);, 1861-1912 (bulk). Houghton Library.
referencedIn Jackson, Jonathan, 1743-1810. Lee Family Papers, 1535-1957. Massachusetts Historical Society
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referencedIn [Massachusetts] Shaw, Robert G - Age 25, Year: 1863 - 54th Massachusetts Infantry, Reynolds-Silvers United States. National Archives and Records Administration
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Charleston SC US
United States 00 US
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Birth 1837-10-10

Death 1863-07-18

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