Augustus Saint-Gaudens' memorial to Robert Gould Shaw and the Massachusetts 54th
Regiment is considered one of America's greatest public monuments. Installed at the
top of Boston Common across from the State House, the larger-than-life bronze relief
is often laid with flowers, and sometimes a bouquet is slipped through the arm of
Colonel Robert Gould Shaw, the troop's commanding officer.
Augustus Saint-Gaudens, Shaw Memorial, 1897, bronze relief, Boston, photograph by Jeffrey Nintzel