From NKAA, Notable Kentucky African Americans Database (main entry)

Shaw, Thomas

(born: 1846  -  died: 1895) 

Born a slave in Covington, KY, Thomas Shaw ran away to join the Union Army in 1864. His owner, Mary Shaw, wrote the federal government asking for compensation for her loss. After the Civil War, Thomas Shaw remained with the Army and was on the western frontier with Company K, 9th U.S. Cavalry. He earned the Medal of Honor for the defense of his comrades during a fight with Apache Indians in 1881. Shaw retired from the Army in 1894. He is buried at Arlington National Cemetery. For more see African American Recipients of the Medal of Honor, by C. W. Hanna.


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NKAA Source: African American recipients of the Medal of Honor : a biographical dictionary, Civil War through Vietnam War

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