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City to screen 'Glory' in Marion Square in honor of 54th Mass.

By BRUCE SMITH

Associated Press

SULLIVANS ISLAND, S.C. (AP) - Dozens of re-enactors gathered at Fort Moultrie in South Carolina to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the famed Civil War attack by the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry.

Prayers, a wreath-laying, candlelight and period music were held Friday as re-enactors observed the attack on Battery Wagner that debunked the myth that black soldiers could not fight.

Re-enactors traveled by boat to Morris Island where the attack took place. This year, in addition to black re-enactors, there were others dressed as Confederate troops.

Joe McGill, a Charleston re-enactor said Thursday's commemoration on Sullivan's Island brings wide attention to the fight chronicled in the movie "Glory."  A free, outdoor screening of the movie will be held at Marion Square on Friday from 7 to 9 p.m.

Events commemorating the attack continue through Sunday, when a monument to the 54th is unveiled in Charleston at the Battery.

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