I pulled his service record on Fold 3. He was commissioned as a Colonel May 16, 1861.
According to "Special Order 330" 11 Sep 1861, it states he is in command of the 8th Infantry NC State Troops. In this order from General Cooper, CSA, Richmond, VA, he is to proceed without delay with all full companies ready for the field, in his regiment, from Warrington to Roanoke Island, and report to the commanding officer.."
There is a letter written by Shaw from Roanoke Island in which he requests light infantry and informs command that there are only about 800 rank and file soldiers. That led me to research more since the Historical Society cited 3000 soldiers in Shaw's command. I found the account of the battle on Roanoke Island in the Fayetteville Observer, Thursday evening, February 13, 1862. "The Late Disaster" is a lengthy article worthy of reading. As far as soldiers, Col. Shaw had 738. The total CSA killed, wounded, or prisoner 2,100.
The service record shows that he was taken POW by the forces of Gen. A.E Burnside on Roanoke Island, Feb. 8, 1862. Prisoners released on parole at Elizabeth City, NC Feb. 21, 1862.
Shaw also appears on a roll of paroled Confederate prisoners Aikens County, VA, Oct 12, 1862.
Shaw was killed Feb. 1, 1864 near Newbern, NC. Company S 8th NC Infantry State Troops.