Ever since its unveiling on Memorial Day in 1897, the Shaw memorial has been known
for its emotional resonance and stunning artistry. With their commander sitting erect
astride his horse, denoting the troop's civic undertaking, the men of the 54th surge
forward, marching toward battle. Although rifles pepper the space above them at
varying angles and the troops are diverse in expression and pose, the regiment nearly
shimmers with solidarity. The realization of this brilliantly conceived piece, from original
commission to completion, spanned fourteen years.
Augustus Saint-Gaudens, Shaw Memorial (details), 1900, patinated plaster, U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site, Cornish, New Hampshire