Attack by 54th Massachusetts unit observed in SC

Associated Press

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - Re-enactors are helping to commemorate the anniversary of the Civil War attack on Battery Wagner by black Union soldiers that was portrayed in the movie "Glory."

The 149th anniversary of the ill-fated attack by the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry is being marked Wednesday. In 1863, the 54th Massachusetts, made up of freed blacks, left Boston to fight for the Union in the Civil War.

Each year, re-enactors portraying the unit go to Morris Island for an observance, although the battery itself has long been washed away by tides and time.

This year, there is also an observance at Fort Moultrie on Sullivans Island. That event features a National Park Service volunteer who has spent two decades studying Battery Wagner and the Confederate strategy for defending Morris Island and Charleston.

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