978-0-8203-2174-5 / 0820321745

Blue-Eyed Child of Fortune: The Civil War Letters of Colonel Robert Gould Shaw

by Shaw, Robert Gould

Publisher:University of Georgia Press



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About the book:

This book draws together the Civil War correspondence of Robert Gould Shaw, the young colonel who led the North's vanguard black regiment, the Fifty-fourth Massachusetts Infantry. Killed in 1863 while leading his men in an assault on a fort protecting Charleston Harbor, Shaw was memorialized in numerous poems, in a magnificent sculpture on Boston Common, and in the Oscar-winning film Glory. Yet, as this book reveals, he accepted command of the Fifty-fourth with great reluctance, and he remained a much more divided and complexif no less heroicfigure than his legend would have it.

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