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 Francis George Shaw

Francis George Shaw

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Death 1882 (aged 72–73)
Burial New Dorp, Richmond County (Staten Island), New York, USA
Plot Shaw Family Plot
Memorial ID 24585781 · View Source
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An influential philanthropist, Shaw inherited his father's wealth, enabling him to pursue his passions: social reform, the abolition of slavery, and politics. He spoke against slavery at every opportunity, and was influential in his son's (Colonel Robert Gould Shaw) acceptance of the colonelship of the 54th Mass. Inf., one of the first black regiments to see action in the Civil War. The famous and heroic assault of the 54th on Battery Wagner, S.C., while strategically a minor affair, became the death nell for the idea that a black man would not fight for his freedom. When he learned that his son was buried in a mass grave with his men as an insult, the elder Shaw remarked that he was proud of such a burial for his son. ROBERT'S MEMORIAL STONE IS PICTURED BELOW HIS FATHER'S


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Originally Created by: Tony Cossean
  • Added: 13 Feb 2008
  • Find A Grave Memorial 24585781
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Francis George Shaw (1809–1882), Find A Grave Memorial no. 24585781, citing Moravian Cemetery, New Dorp, Richmond County (Staten Island), New York, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave (contributor 8) .