Robert Gould Shaw commanded the 54th Massachusetts Infantry, an African American regiment. Shaw had already fought in the battles of Cedar Mountain and Antietam with the 2nd MA Inf. when he took command of the 54th at the age of 25. Shaw was hesitant to leave his comrades for service in a regiment that he doubted would ever see action. Never the less, he would die leading them during their assault on Battery Wagner outside of Chalreston, SC.
In remembrance of the Union and Confederate soldiers who served in the American Civil War, the Liljenquist Family donated their rare collection of over 700 ambrotype and tintype photographs to the Library of Congress.
Vicksburg National Military Park. If you are interested in the Civil War, this is a great place to visit..there are both car and walking tours..there is also a National Cemetary there with thousands of civil war graves.
When 17-year-old Union officer Galusha Pennypacker was brevetted as a major general, he became the youngest person on either side to attain that rank during the Civil War. Born June 1, 1844, he wasn’t even old enough to vote until a few weeks after the war ended.