Secessionville in Charleston County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Battle of Sol-Legare Island
July 16, 1863
In Honor of
The Massachusetts 54th Regiment
During the Civil War (1861-1865) Sol-Legare Island was the site of several camps, artillery positions and battles. On this date, one of America's first African American Army Regiments, organized in the North and led by Union Gen. Alfred Terry; bravely gave their lives to win the freedom of enslaved Africans who were held in bondage here and on plantations throughout the south. 5,200 Federal Troops occupied this Island. The 54th waged a gallent battle but lost 14 men. 17 were wounded and 12 missing. It is with great pride and humble gratitude that we honor their unwavering courage and sacrifice for a moral cause.
Erected 2006 by Island Heritage Foundation and Fielding Home for Funerals.
Location. 32° 40.88′ N, 79° 58.043′ W. Marker is in Secessionville, South Carolina, in Charleston County. Marker is on Sol Legare Road (South Carolina Route 10-432) near Old Sol Legare Road, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Charleston SC 29412, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured Battery Number 5 (approx. 2 miles away); Secessionville (approx. 2.1 miles away); Battle of Secessionville (approx. 2.1 miles away); Camp of Wild's African Brigade, 1863 - 1864 / Wild's Brigade Cemetery (approx. 2.2 miles away); Riversville / Battle of Secessionville (approx. 2.4 miles away); Battery Reed (approx. 2.8 miles away); Redoubt Number 3 (approx. 3.6 miles away); Federal Expedition on John's Island / Battle of Burden's Causeway (approx. 4.1 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Secessionville.
Also see . . .
1. History Net- The Fifty-fourth Massachusetts Infantry. The 54th would spearhead a three-pronged attack aimed at capturing the necklace of heavily fortified islands that dotted Charleston harbor. (Submitted on May 3, 2010, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
2. Famous Americans-Alfred Howe Terry. He commanded the successful demonstration up Stono river during the descent on Morris island, and at the action on James island. His force was then withdrawn, and he was assigned by General Quincy A. Gillmore to the command of the troops on Morris island, which post he held during the siege of Forts Wagner and Sumter. (Submitted on May 3, 2010, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
3. PBS- Alfred Howe Terry - Department of Dakota. Terry became George Armstrong Custer's (Submitted on May 3, 2010, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
Categories. • African Americans • War, US Civil •
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