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A Diary of American Events.

July 27, 2013

The Rebellion Record—A Diary of American Events; by Frank Moore

July 27.—Brigadier-General Saxton, commanding the department of South-Carolina, at Beaufort, issued the following to the colored soldiers and freedmen in his department: “It is fitting that you should pay a last tribute of respect to the memory of the late Colonel Robert Gould Shaw, Colonel of the Fifty-fourth regiment of Massachusetts volunteers. He commanded the first regiment of colored soldiers from a Free State ever mustered into the United States service.

“He fell at the head of his regiment, while leading a storming party against a rebel stronghold. You should cherish in your inmost hearts the memory of one who did not hesitate to sacrifice all the attractions of a high social position, wealth and home, and his own noble life, for the sake of humanity—another martyr to your cause that death has added, still another hope for your race. The truths and principles for which he fought and died, still live, and will be vindicated. On the spot where he fell, by the ditch into which his mangled and bleeding body was thrown, on the soil of South-Carolina, I trust that you will honor yourselves and his glorious memory by appropriating the first proceeds of your labor as free men toward erecting an enduring monument to the hero, soldier, martyr — Robert Gould Shaw.”

—Gold was sold at Atlanta, Ga., at twelve dollars and eleven cents rebel currency for one dollar.—The Twenty-seventh regiment of Connecticut volunteers returned to New-Haven.— A Salute of one hundred guns was fired at Boston, Mass., in honor of the victories at Port Hudson, Vicksburgh, and the opening of the Mississippi River.

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