Captain Robert Gould Shaw

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Second Federal (Union) Occupation and "Valley Forge" Period

Captain Robert Gould Shaw

On January 24th, 1863, Captain Robert Gould Shaw, 2nd Massachusetts Infantry, arrived by steamboat at Aquia Landing . Wounded at Antietam, he returned to the XII Army Corps via Brooke Station and found his dispirited regiment encamped near Stafford Court House. Shaw wrote, “The corps had a very hard march down…it was raining hard here, and everyone was soaked through and through for three days. The artillery had to throw away their ammunition and the commissaries the rations, in order to get their wagons through the mud. As it was, many wagons were abandoned, and many mules were so hopelessly stuck in the mud, that they had to be left to end their days there.”