cifically stated in a letter which appeared in the Army and Navy Journal, of New York City, written by Asst.-Surg. John T. Luck, U. S. N., who was captured while engaged in assisting our wounded during the morning of July 19, that Gen. Johnson Hagood, who had succeeded General Taliaferro in command of Battery Wagner that morning, was responsible for the deed.
The following is extracted from that letter:—
. . . While being conducted into the fort, I saw Colonel Shaw of the Fifty-four Massachusetts (colored) Regiment lying dead upon the ground just outside the parapet.
A stalwart negro man had fallen near him. The Rebels said the negro was a color sergeant.
The colonel had been killed by a rifle-shot through the chest, though he had received other wounds.
Brigadier-General Hagood, commanding the Rebel forces, said to me: I knew Colonel Shaw before the war, and then esteemed him. Had he been in command of white troops, I should have given him an honorable burial; as it is, I shal