Historical Background

Massachusetts Fifty-fourth
The following chronology touches on events significant to the Massachusetts Fifty-fourth Regiment and the Shaw Memorial. Recruitment began in February 1863 and Robert Gould Shaw was later selected to lead the new regiment. The Massachusetts Fifty-fourth sailed to Hilton Head, South Carolina, in June 1863 in preparation for an assault on Fort Wagner.

Shaw Biography
The life of Robert Gould Shaw encompassed his early education and military service and his appointment to command the Massachusetts Fifty-fourth Regiment.


Massachusetts Fifty-fourthShaw Biography
IntroductionThe ArtistHistorical BackgroundThe Memorial and Its ConservationThe ExhibitionTeaching Resources

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