Robert Gould Shaw
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"Robert Gould Shaw" was an American soldier in the Union Army during the American Civil War/U.S. Civil War. Born into a prominent Abolitionism in the United States/abolitionist family, he accepted command of the first all-black regiment (54th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment/54th Massachusetts) and encouraged the men to refuse their pay until it was equalled to the white troops’ wage. At the Second Battle of Fort Wagner, a beach-head near Charleston, South Carolina, Shaw was killed while leading his men to the parapet of the enemy fort. Although they were overwhelmed and driven back, Shaw’s leadership passed into legend, and his story was dramatized in the 1989 film Glory (1989 film)/Glory, starring Matthew Broderick.

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If I could have gone on describing to you the beauties of this region, who knows but I might have made a fine addition to the literature of our age?

I don't want to write every week, it's too much trouble, and I shall only write when I want something. If you think I'm sick when I don't write, you can send for me to come and tell you.

In theory it may seem all right to some, but when it comes to being made the instrument of the Lord's vengeance, I myself don't like it.

A deserted homestead is always a sad sight, but here in the South we must look a little deeper than the surface, and then we see that every such overgrown plantation, and empty house, is a harbinger of freedom to the slaves, and every lover of his country, even if he have no feeling for the slaves themselves, should rejoice.