(1837 - 1863)
Home State: Massachusetts
Command Billet: Company Officer
Branch of Service: Infantry
At the outbreak of war in April 1861 he enlisted as Private in the 7th New York Militia (30-day unit). He was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant in Company H, 2nd Massachusetts Infantry 28 May 1861, 1st Lt. 8 July 61, and Captain 10 August 1862.
On the Campaign
He was Captain, Company H at Antietam and was slightly wounded in the neck on 17 September.
The rest of the War
After a quiet fall and winter 1862, with the 2nd Mass, he was appointed Colonel of the new 54th Massachusetts on 17 April 1863. He led them on the assault on Ft Wagner, SC (near Charleston), and was killed on its wall on 18 July 1863.
More on the Web
See a fine R. G. Shaw site from "1st Dragoon", and much about Col Shaw and the soldiers of the 54th from the US Park Service on the Heritage Trail. The National Gallery of Art has an online virtual tour of his Boston Memorial, by Augustus Saint-Gaudens. He and the 54th were the subject of the film "Glory" made in 1989.
10/10/1837; Boston, MA
7/18/1863 Fort Wagner, SC