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Collection Reference Number GLC02928.03
From Archive Folder Unassociated Civil War Documents 1865-1929 
Title Augustus Saint-Gaudens to Mr. Kennard discussing the inscription on a monument honoring Robert Gould Shaw with Kennard
Date July 1892
Author Saint-Gaudens, Augustus (1848-1907)  
Document Type Correspondence
Content Description Saint-Gaudens discusses the inscription on a monument honoring Robert Gould Shaw with Kennard (possibly Martin P. Kennard, a Boston abolitionist and political reformer). Encloses a letter (not included) from Edward Atkinson, treasurer of the Shaw monument committee, authorizing Gaudens to proceed with the monument's inscription. Relates that Charles William Eliot, President of Harvard University, and Colonel Lee (possibly Henry Lee) previously asked him not to proceed with the inscription, which was originally written by Eliot. Requests that Kennard, possibly on the monument committee, transfer the enclosed letter to committee chairman John Murray Forbes. Asks that Forbes return the letter with the committee's response, so that Gaudens may "order the stone-work proceeded with." Docket states "see my letter book."
Subjects Art, Music, Theater, and Film  Civil War  African American History  African American Troops  Military History  Union Forces  
People Kennard, Martin Parry (1818-1903)  Saint-Gaudens, Augustus (1848-1907)  Atkinson, Edward (1827-1905)  Eliot, Charles William (1834-1926)  Forbes, John Murray (1813-1898)  Lee, Henry (fl. 1894)  Shaw, Robert Gould (1837-1863)  
Place written New York, New York
Theme Arts & Literature; Slavery & Abolition; The American Civil War
Sub-collection Papers and Images of the American Civil War
Additional Information Edward Atkinson (1827-1905), a Massachusetts economist and author, wrote The Monument to Robert Gould Shaw: Its Inception, Completion and Unveiling 1865-1897, a book published in Boston in 1897. Charles William Eliot (1834-1926) served as President of Harvard University from 1869-1909.
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Civil War, Reconstruction and the Modern Era: 1860-1945
Civil War: Unit 54th Massachusetts Infantry