They buried more in that sandy trench
Than human eye could see.
Aye, all the shames and sorrows
Of more than a hundred years
Lie under the weight of that southern soil
Despite those cruel sneers.
"They 'buried him with his niggers!'
But the glorious souls set free
Are leading the van of the army
That fights for liberty.
Brothers in death, in glory
The same palm branches bear;
And the Crown is as bright o'er the sable brows
As over the golden hair."
The Black Rank and File
The visitor to Boston, Massachusetts, who loves liberty and
those who died for it, should not fail to see among its many
shrines in that city the monument erected in the honor and
memory of Colonel Robert Shaw (and his gallant regiment), on
one side of which is this inscription:
TO THE FIFTY-FOURTH of MASSACHUSETTS
REGIMENT (Shield) INFANTRY
THE WHITE OFFICERS
taking life and honor in their hands, cast in their lot with
a despised race, unproved in war, and risked death as inciters
servile insurrection if taken prisoners, besides encountering
all the common perils of camp, march and battlefield
THE BLACK RANK AND FILE
volunteered when disaster clouded the Union cause, served
without pay for eighteen months till given that of white troops,
faced threatened enslavement if captured, were brave in action,
patient under heavy and dangerous labors, and cheerful amid
hardships and privations
they gave to the Nation and the world undying proof that