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