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On this day in the Civil War, Federal troops, including the 54th Massachusetts colored infantry, unsuccessfully attack Battery Wagner, South Carolina.

The commander of the 54th Massachusetts, Colonel Robert G. Shaw is killed in the attack. As a show of disrespect Confederates bury Colonel Shaw in a mass grave with his slain colored troops.

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Colonel Robert G. Shaw

(Photo Credit: Library of Congress)