Tag Archives: Robert Gould Shaw

Turning Point: Assault on Battery Wagner by the 54th Massachusetts

Around a small hamlet in southern Pennsylvania, Robert E. Lee’s vaunted Army of Northern Virginia was stymied and driven back after three days, July 1st through the 3rd, of bloodletting at the Battle of Gettysburg. A turning point in the … Continue reading

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Saint-Gaudens’ Greatest Work

Last month, my wife traveled to Boston on a business trip. She worked a day into her schedule to go sight seeing with one of her colleagues. I asked her, if it was conducive to her schedule, to get a … Continue reading

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Sketches from the Shenandoah: The Wounding of Charles Russell Lowell

At the Battle of Cedar Creek, James Taylor captured the mortal wounding of Colonel Charles Russell Lowell. Lowell hailed from Boston and was a member of one of New England’s most distinguished families. A Harvard graduate, Lowell received a commission … Continue reading

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Kayaking to “Glory” Island

During a recent visit to the Charleston, South Carolina, area, my father and I kayaked to Morris Island, an uninhabited and completely undeveloped island on the south side of Charleston Harbor.  I thought I would share a few photos (taken … Continue reading

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The Battle of the Crater, by Newt Gingrich and William R. Forstchen

African-American soldiers contributed greatly to the cause of the Union during the Civil War. By 1865, nearly one out of five men in blue was of African descent, but because the United States Colored Troops (USCT) never won any famous battles, … Continue reading

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