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SC marking 150th anniversary of 54th Massachusetts

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The Storming of Fort Wagner by Kurz & Allison. (courtesy - Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division) The Storming of Fort Wagner by Kurz & Allison. (courtesy - Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division)
SULLIVANS ISLAND, SC -

Dozens of re-enactors have gathered at Fort Moultrie on Sullivans Island 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.

Attack by 54th Massachusetts unit observed in SC

Events mark 150th anniversary of 54th Mass. attack
    
Joe McGill, a Charleston re-enactor says Thursday's commemoration 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.

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