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.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • War, US Civil. A significant historical month for this entry is July 1923.
Location. 32° 40.88′ N, 79° 58.043′ W. Marker is in SecessionvilleTouch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Charleston SC 29412, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. 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). Touch for a list and map 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. PBS- Alfred Howe Terry - Department of Dakota. Terry became George Armstrong Custer's commanding officer in 1873, when the Seventh Cavalry was posted to the Dakotas (Submitted on May 3, 2010, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
Credits. This page was last revised on November 2, 2020. It was originally submitted on May 3, 2010, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 3,221 times since then and 67 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on May 3, 2010, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. 2. submitted on August 6, 2013, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on May 3, 2010, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.