Inscriptions
 

Inscriptions on Saint-Gaudens' memorial and Charles Follen McKim's architectural exedra to Robert Gould Shaw and the Massachusetts Fifty-fourth Regiment in Boston. From The Shaw Memorial: A Celebration of an American Masterpiece (1997).

On the front of the monument, part of the relief itself:
OMNIA RELINQVIT / SERVARE REMPVBLICAM

Underneath the relief:
ROBERT GOULD SHAW / COLONEL OF THE FIFTY FOURTH REGIMENT OF MASSA- / CHUSETTS INFANTRY BORN IN BOSTON 10 OCTOBER / MDCCCXXXVII KILLED WHILE LEADING THE ASSAULT / ON FORT WAGNER / SOUTH CAROLINA 18 JULY MDCCCLXIII

Underneath, the verse of James Russel Lowell:
RIGHT IN THE VAN ON THE RED RAMPART'S SLIPPERY / SWELL WITH HEART THAT BEAT A CHARGE HE FELL / FOEWARD AS FITS A MAN: BUT THE HIGH SOUL BURNS / ON TO LIGHT MEN'S FEET WHERE DEATH FOR NOBLE / ENDS MAKES DYING SWEET

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