On this day 150 years ago Colonel Robert Gould Shaw led the 54th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment into battle with the Confederates in an ill-fated attempt to storm Fort Wagner in South Carolina. Colonel Shaw died while leading the charge and was buried at Fort Wagner in a mass grave with his men.
During the Civil War families often honored their fallen in their family plot with a cenotaph memorial stone if their family member was buried elsewhere. Two of the fallen at Fort Wagner are remembered at Mount Auburn Cemetery with cenotaphs. Colonel Shaw's name is listed on the Shaw family monument on Pine Avenue.
Eighteen-year old Captain Cabot Jackson Russel's stone rests with his family in the Jackson plot on Lime Avenue.
Brothers Edward and Norwood Hallowell, formerly with the 20th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment, served under Colonel Shaw and survived the conflict at Fort Warren. Edward assumed the role of Colonel of the 54th Massachusetts after Robert Gould Shaw's death. The brothers survived the Civil War and are buried at Mount Auburn Cemetery on Indian Ridge Path.
Many Civil War veterans are buried at Mount Auburn Cemetery, including brothers Edward H. Revere and Paul J. Revere, grandsons of the famed midnight rider, Paul Revere. Edward and Paul served in the 20th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment as surgeon and commander, respectively. Edward was killed while treating the fallen on the battlefield at Antietam.
Paul was Colonel and leader of the 20th Massachusetts at Gettysburg and was mortally wounded on July 2, 1863 during the famed battle.
Mount Auburn Cemetery offers a series of Civil War themed events to mark the sesquicentennial anniversary of the Civil War. For more information please visit The Civil War & Mount Auburn Cemetery at http://www.mountauburn.org/2013/the-civil-war.
1Mount Auburn Cemetery (Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts), Shaw family monument, Pine Avenue, Lot 1286, photographed by Carol Swaine-Kuzel, 15 June 2013.
2Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cabot Jackson Russel marker, Lime Avenue, Lot 2149, photographed by Carol Swaine-Kuzel, 14 July 2013.
3Mount Auburn Cemetery, Edward N. Hallowell marker, Indian Ridge Path, Lot 4124, photographed by Carol Swaine-Kuzel, 15 June 2013.
4Mount Auburn Cemetery, Norwood P. Hallowell marker, Indian Ridge Path, Lot 4124, photographed by Carol Swaine-Kuzel, 15 June 2013.
5Mount Auburn Cemetery, Edward H. Revere marker, Walnut Avenue, Lot 286, photographed by Carol Swaine-Kuzel, 14 July 2013.
6Mount Auburn Cemetery, Paul J. Revere marker, Walnut Avenue, Lot 286, photographed by Carol Swaine-Kuzel, 14 July 2013.