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    Rare Robert Gould Shaw CDV. Super Carte de Visite full length studio portrait of Colonel Robert Gould Shaw with a desirable J.W. Black of Boston backmark. A Harvard alumnus from a wealthy abolitionist family, Shaw commanded the all-black 54th Massachusetts Infantry. At a time when whites considered black soldiers ill-suited for combat, Shaw's men proved otherwise. Sadly, on July 18, 1863 after a rather short tour with the 54th, Colonel Shaw was killed along with 27% of his men in an unsuccessful assault on Battery Wagner, South Carolina. The lower margin of this popular, yet elusive, CDV is inscribed "Col. Shaw" in pencil by an unknown period hand and the verso has a penciled inventory number along the lower edge. A minute amount of wear to corners, else fine condition.

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    Auction Dates
    December, 2006
    1st-2nd Friday-Saturday
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