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Col. Robert Gould Shaw grasps his chest as a bullet strikes him while he leads the black soldiers of the 54th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment over the ramparts of Fort Wagner in summer 1863. Although inaccurate (the attack took place at night), the 1890 Kurz and Allison lithograph captures the heroism of the black troops, heroism that encouraged other black men to enlist in the Army or Navy.