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Glory: Col. Shaw and the 54th Massachusetts

Wednesday, February 28, 7:00 p.m. (Eastern)

with Claire Herhold, Historical Society of Michigan

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Event Details

Date: February 28, 2024

Location: Virtual

Cost: Free for members, $7 for non-members


The 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment played a pivotal role in the American Civil War. The exemplary service of its members—including over 60 soldiers from Michigan—opened the door for 180,000 Black men to serve in the Union army. The leadership of its young and ill-fated colonel, Robert Gould Shaw, has been cited by historians for setting the trajectory of the unit’s reputation and impact. Learn how Shaw’s upbringing among an elite set of wealthy, East Coast activists influenced his decision to accept this controversial command and identify with the men he died alongside.