Friday, January 2, 2009
Massachusetts 54th Volunteer Regiment
Across from the State House is the Robert Gould Shaw Monument built in 1897 in honor of the Massachusetts 54th Regiment, the first all-Black regiment recruited in the North to fight for the Union army during the Civil War. The monument by Augustus Saint-Gaudens is part of the Boston Black Heritage Trail. A famous composition by Charles Ives, "Col. Shaw and his Colored Regiment," the opening movement of Three Places in New England, is based both on this monument and the regiment.