Saturday, July 24, 2010

54th Massachusetts at Battery Wagner

On Friday July 16th re-enactors gathered to honor the heroic charge on Battery Wagner by the African American regiment the 54th Massachusetts. The 54th participated in a skirmish on July 16, 1863 designated the Battle of Sol Legare. The site of the skirmish is identified by a marker.
Two days later, the 54th was one of several Union regiments that attacked Battery Wagner on Morris Island.

To learn more about the battle, please see Fort Wagner and the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry. The story of 54th was popularized in the movie Glory. See an excerpt from the movie at American Rhetoric.

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