Friday, July 17, 2015

Remembering the Assault on Battery Wagner

Tomorrow will be the 152nd anniversary of the Battle of Fort Wagner on Morris Island.  It was commemorated today, and a wreath was laid in a ceremony held annually by the descendants and supporters of the original 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, a black regiment that fought with the Union forces against the Confederates.  The unit's colonel, Robert Gould Shaw was killed in this battle (immortalized in the movie "Glory"), and after suffering heavy casualties in brutal hand to hand combat, they were driven back.  In a solemn ceremony today, the bravery of those men was remembered.

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