Peter Bassett Boston Freedom Trail sculpture city soldiers revolution memorial to Colonel Robert Gould Shaw and the 54th Massachusetts Colored Regiment. Union Army Black soldiers Civil War. Sculpture Saint-Gaudens.
It is a memorial to Colonel Robert Gould Shaw and the 54th Massachusetts Colored Regiment. The 54th was the first unit in the Union Army made up of free Black soldiers in the Civil War. They fought with great honor and bravery, as did so many in that conflict. Their story was told in the movie "Glory" with Mathew Broderick. The bronze work is by the famous sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens. Colonel Robert Gould Shaw's Regiment was assembled in March through May, 1863. In July, the 54th was defeated at Fort Wagner in Charleston, South Carolina. The regiment stormed the fort up a steep sand embankment, with Shaw at the head of his troops. Colonel Shaw was shot in the heart and killed. He was stripped and buried with his fallen troops in a trench outside the fort, which his family considered a great honor.
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BOSTON, MASS - APRIL 9: Wide angle view of Faneuil Hall Marketplace in Boston, Massachusetts, USA, 2009, along Boston's Freedom Trail. Historic Faneuil Hall (Georgian building with gold dome), Quincy Market (on right) and 60 State Street (middle skyscraper) are some of the buildings seen here, along with many restaurants and stores. Model Release available for young woman in right foreground. No other releases.