Robert Gould Shaw was brought up by a strident abolitionist and Unitarian religious family. While they were well off, it seems that they had raised a son who saw the Union as an entity to save. Ithamer Culbertson, my great-great grandfather, makes an interesting point on his third 4th of July journal entry. He talks about issues about democracy that come up in our movie, ideas Sullivan Ballou mentions in his letter to his wife written just seven days before he gives up all he can give for the United States.
This week you have three choices for the WAYBACK WEDNESDAY; pick one. First, you can choose the 54th Monument. Second, you can choose the last letter that Shaw sent to his wife. Lastly, you can choose a letter from the Harvard archive of all the letters that Colonel Shaw wrote during the Civil War. Below are the links to use, and learn more about the choice you make for the Wayback.
54th massachusetts memorial statue