Commander of the 52nd U.S. Infantry, Colored, from 1863 onwards, making him ranking regimental officer (initially as Colonel,
later as Brigadier General) of all colored troops in the Union. Includes an 1863 diary, Court of Inquiry Papers, and related
correspondence, which document a seminal incident in which Shepard defended his troops against hostile treatment by white
Union troops, was arrested, but subsequently had all charges dismissed by Gen. Grant and was restored to his command.
Born July 7, 1816. Harvard University graduate, class of 1842. Served with various Civil War regiments, including command
of the 52nd U.S. Infantry, Colored, from 1863 onwards, which made him ranking regimental officer (initially as Colonel, later
as Brigadier General) of all colored troops in the Union.
3.0 linear feet
(5 document boxes and 1 metal box).
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