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The poem is narrated by a first-person speaker, whom readers can assume is the poet. He connects his childhood and a Civil War memorial to contemporary life, including progress and civil rights.
The poem alternates between past and present tense.
First published as "Colonel Shaw and the Massachusetts 54th," the poem commemorates the Civil War's 54th Massachusetts Regiment and Colonel Robert Gould Shaw, who died with nearly half of his men at the siege of Fort Wagner in 1863. A memorial plaque depicting Shaw surrounded by his men was erected on the Boston Common in 1897.
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