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SC marking 150th anniversary of 54th Massachusetts


July 18. 2013 1:55PM
Associated Press

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(AP) Dozens of re-enactors have 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 are planned to observe the attack on Battery Wagner that debunked the myth that black soldiers could not fight.


Joe McGill, a Charleston re-enactor says Thursday's commemoration on Sullivans Island brings wide attention to the fight chronicled in the movie "Glory."


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


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


Associated Press


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