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Maybe some did, and even died in service, yet the creators of the monument excluded them. If memory serves, it took 30+ years for the Shaw Memorial – aka 54th Massachusetts Memorial – to be erected before the State House.

I don’t believe so. There are other monuments in Massachusetts that do include their names, including one very close to my home in Hyde Park.

W.J. Rorabaugh’s essay “Who Fought for the North in the Civil War? Concord, Massachusetts Enlistments” is an excellent, relatively early look at Northern communities and volunteerism.

It is, but Rorabaugh doesn’t mention any black soldiers if I remember correctly.


I see at least one member of the 54th, George W. Dugan (missing/supposed killed at Ft. Wagner), as having been a resident of Concord at the time of his enlistment. I stopped looking after I found his name but given that there was one, we may assume there would have been at least a few more.

Thanks. I should also point out that the 55th Mass’s regimental flag is on display at the Concord Museum.

Since we are discussing Massachusetts troops I would like to bring up the book ‘Mother, May You Never See the Sights I’ve Seen: The Fifty Seventh Massachusetts Veteran Volunteers in the Army of the Potomac 1864-1865′ by Warren Wilkinson as a amazing modern regimental history.

The horror of the Overland Campaign and Petersburg plus what happened to prisoners of the regiment at Andersonville is about as moving as it gets.

I think every Civil War buff should read it.

I’ll have to check the astounding roster contained in it if any were from Concord.


In my book, “Concord and the Civil War: From Walden Pond to the Gettysburg Front”, I identify George W. Dugan as the only soldier of color from Concord to serve in the Civil War. His name is not among the 48 that appear on the memorial mounument in Concord, perhaps because his residence is illegible on the enlistement form. As such, there is some doubt as to his legal residence at the time of his enlistment. I think the town should consider including him among the fallen from that war. I plan on pursuing this.

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