Power and Glory

  title={Power and Glory},
  author={Katie Mullis Kresser},
  journal={American Art},
  pages={32 - 57}
  • K. Kresser
  • Published 1 September 2006
  • History
  • American Art
Augustus Saint‐Gaudens’s Shaw Memorial (1897) on Boston Common commemorates the sacrifice of Colonel Robert Gould Shaw and his Fifty‐fourth infantry. Consisting of white officers and black soldiers, the Massachusetts Fifty‐fourth became the first of several Northern black regiments to serve in the Civil War. It is best remembered for its doomed attack on Charleston’s Fort Wagner, during which Shaw himself and nearly half of his regiment died. Because of its realistic depiction of African… 
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