Union Col. Robert G. Shaw regretted the burning of Darien, which he later related in a letter home: He (Montgomery) said to me, I shall burn this town. He speaks always in a very low tone and has quite a sweet smile when addressing you. I told him, I did not want the responsibility of it, and he was only too happy to take it all on his shoulders: so the pretty little place was burnt to the ground, and not a shed remains standing; Montgomery firing the last building with his own hand. In 1870, Shaws mother sent $1,000 to the Darien Episcopal Church in the memory of her son, who died a month after the burning of Darien. She called the disaster an unjustifiable and cruel deed.
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