Peter Burchard

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Peter Burchard (March 1, 1921 – July 3, 2004)[1] was an author, free-lance designer, and illustrator. He wrote the book One Gallant Rush (1965), about Colonel Robert Gould Shaw and the 54th Massachusetts Regiment, the first African-American unit in the Union Army. It was adapted for the 1989 film Glory, which won numerous awards.[1]

World War II[edit]

Burchard served on convoys in the North Atlantic during World War II. During this time, his drawings were published by Yank magazine.[1]


Burchard primarily wrote children's books about slavery, abolitionism, and the American Civil War. He wrote 26 books and illustrated over 100.[1]

His book One Gallant Rush: Robert Gould Shaw and His Brave Black Regiment, was the basis for the Oscar-winning 1989 film Glory.

His works include:


  • One Gallant Rush: Robert Gould Shaw and His Brave Black Regiment (1965/reprint 1990)


  • Balloons: From Paper Bags to Skyhooks
  • Jed
  • North by Night
  • Stranded
  • Bimby
  • Chito
  • Pioneers of Flight
  • Rat Hell
  • Frederick Douglass
  • Lincoln and Slavery
  • Digger


Burchard became a Guggenheim Fellow in 1966.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Williamstown digest".

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