Sgt. Thomas Shaw: Buffalo Soldier & Medal of Honor Recipient
Did you know Thomas Shaw, the subject of yesterday’s post, was a Buffalo Soldier and Medal of Honor recipient, and is interred at Arlington National Cemetery?
This record, dated September 26, 1871, is the Oath of Enlistment and Allegiance of Thomas Shaw, who, at the age of 25 re-enlisted to extend his service in the U.S. Army. The enlisting official certifies that Mr. Shaw was “entirely sober” when he enlisted and “duly qualified” to perform the duties required of him in the Army.
Oath of Enlistment and Allegiance for Thomas Shaw, 9/26/1871
From the Records of the Adjutant General’s Office
"…Information has just reached here that Genl Custer’s Brigade of Michigan Cavy. serving with Gregg has fought the Enemy’s cavalry successfully capturing (2) two pieces of Artillery…"
Field Dispatch from Lt. Col. Alexander re: Custer’s Brigade at Gettysburg
Record Group 393, Records of U.S. Army Continental Commands, 1821-1920, Army of the Potomac, Cavalry Corps, Letters, telegrams, reports and lists received, 1861-1865.
With the cry “Come on you Wolverines!” Brigadier General George Armstrong Custer leads the Michigan Cavalry in several engagements against Confederate positions on the East Cavalry Field on July 3, 1863, the third and final day of the Battle of Gettysburg.