Colonel Robert G. Shaw on Freedom

On July 18, 1863 the first formal African American unit, the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, assaulted the Confederate held Battery Wagner, near Charleston, South Carolina.

The assault will be lead by this man… whose simple Words Of Freedom, in a letter to his mother, are found below.

Dear Mother, I hope you are keeping well and not worrying much about me. You mustn’t think that any of us are going to be killed. They are collecting such a force here, that an attack would be insane. The Massachusetts men passed though here this morning; how grand it is to meet the men from all the States, east and west, ready to fight for their country, as the old fellows did in the Revolution. But this time we must make it a whole country for all who live here, so that all can speak. ~ Colonel Robert G. Shaw October 10, 1837 – July 18, 1863 (aged 25)


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