W.J. Shaw
Historical Figure
Nationality: United States
Occupation: Soldier
Military Branch: United States Army
Turtledove Appearances:
Fort Pillow
Set in OTL
Type of Appearance: Direct

W.J. Shaw was a Tennessee citizen who lived during the American Civil War. In 1864, he was briefly held prisoner by U.S. Major Bill Bradford at Fort Pillow. He escaped in short order, and made his way to Brownsville. The day after his escape, Confederate forces under Nathan Bedford Forrest arrived in Brownsville on their way to take the Fort. Shaw, eager for revenge, agreed to act as guide. After a personal interview with Colonel Robert McCulloch and then Forrest himself, Shaw was outfitted, and led the troops safely to the fort. [1]

Literary CommentEdit

While W.J. Shaw was historical, little is known about him beyond his role in the Fort Pillow campaign.


  1. Fort Pillow, pgs. 23-29.

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