Confederate Col. Henry Shaw

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not sure where this goes, Dr. Col. Henry Shaw, Confederate Col.  Currituck County, NC (although he was actually from the North)

https://pilotonline.com/news/local/history/article_9c25b696-fb80-5242-b891-99afe0d54101.html
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Is this the same person as Henry M Shaw, 1860 US Census Currituck, NC, farmer with a respectable property value? Born RI. He would have been born about 1813. Just want to be sure and help fill in the documentation.
by Victoria English G2G6 Mach 3 (37.8k points)
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Victoria

I don't know for sure, but article does say was born in R. I.

According to wikipedia pic and info, looks like is the same man.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Marchmore_Shaw

  I just came across him, while doing some research in Currituck County for my work.  I figured someone on Wiki maybe interested in this guy.  Also I figured since it mentions him as Military, I knew there were pages and projects set up, that might want the info.  how accurate it is, I don't know.  The writing was done by someone I think w/a local paper, but not even sure on that.  just posted incase there was interest in him.

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.

http://newspapers.digitalnc.org/lccn/sn84026542/1862-02-13/ed-1/seq-3/print/image_673x817_from_0,8_to_7645,9280/

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.

IMHO, the reporter did a poor job writing the article in the pilotonline.com. Col. HM Shaw was certainly a brave and gallant soldier. He deserves to have his story told. From my reporting days, the headline is poor. It focuses on a minimal fact that he was from "the North." It's fairly irrelevant to his accomplishments. Maybe I can put something together on wikitree and clarify some of the facts.
Thank you for all your hardwork and research on him.  I'm glad to see that he will get the recognition he should have
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Interesting article but it needs more research of the facts.

My first question was if he held the rank of Colonel, then what was his command?  Since he was a Doctor, I thought he might be a medical officer. The article said he commanded the the 8 N Carolina Regiment which could explain his rank. The article says he commanded 3,000 triops which is much bigger than one regiment. Thats even largr than a brigade.  

The article also says he fought against Union General Burnside who commanded TWO tegiments titaling 13,000 men. That is too many men fir just 2 regiments. Im sure there is good history of this battle available somewhere that would clarify details of this Colonel/Doctor.
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