Folly Beach in Charleston County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Camp of Wild's African Brigade, 1863 - 1864 / Wild's Brigade Cemetery
Folly Island was occupied by Union troops April 1863-February 1865. Gen. Edward A. Wild's "African Brigade" camped nearby from November 1863 to February 1864. The two regiments in Wild's brigade were the 55th Massachusetts, made up largely of free blacks, and the 1st North Carolina, made up of former slaves.
Wild's Brigade Cemetery
A cemetery was laid out nearby for soldiers in Wild's Brigade who died here in 1863-64. Most graves were removed after the war. In 1987 relic hunters discovered additional graves of U.S. Colored Troops. In 1987-88 archaeologists removed 19 burials and published their findings. These soldiers were reburied with full military honors at Beaufort National Cemetery in May 1989.
Erected 2010 by The Friends of the 55th Massachusetts. (Marker Number 10-64.)
Location. 32° 39.495′ N, 79° 56.526′ W. Marker is in Folly Beach, South Carolina, in Charleston County. Marker is on Center Street (State Highway 171) near East Indian Avenue, on the left when traveling south. Click for map. Located opposite the Folly Beach Community Center, in the "Folly River Park". Marker is in this post office area: Folly Beach SC 29439, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. Battle of Sol-Legare Island (approx. 2.2 miles away); Battle of Secessionville (approx. 3.2 miles away); Secessionville (approx. 3.2 miles away); Riversville / Battle of Secessionville (approx. 3.3 miles away); Battery Number 5 (approx. 3.5 miles away); Battery Reed (approx. 4.1 miles away); Redoubt Number 3 (approx. 4.7 miles away); Battery Haskell (approx. 5.2 miles away).
Also see . . .
1. Edward A. Wild, from Wikipedia. Wild's men served in the Charleston, South Carolina, area and saw action in numerous skirmishes and battles in that region, including an expedition to South Mills and Camden Court House ... (Submitted on September 14, 2011, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
2. 55th Regiment Massachusetts Infantry. Regimental History by Bennie J. McRae, Jr On 2 August (1863) the regiment embarked for Folly Island, below Charleston, South Carolina and was assigned to Wild's African Brigade, Vogdes' Division, 10th Corps, Department of the South. During August and September detachments were ordered to work details on Morris Island, building entrenchments and performing fatigue duty while being constantly under fire from Fort Gregg and Fort Wagner. (Submitted on September 14, 2011, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
3. Thirty-fifth United States Colored Troops, (First North Carolina Colored Volunteers). (Submitted on September 14, 2011, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
4. Video - -> "Historical Marker Celemony for 55th Massachusetts Infantry" ::. (Submitted on December 2, 2011, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.)
Additional keywords. U.S.C.T.
Categories. • African Americans • War, US Civil •
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