Posted By Bill Payer on Jul 12, 2021 | 0 comments

The 1989 movie “Glory” was based on a real life Civil War battle here in the Lowcountry. How much of the facts behind the movie do you know?

There’s a terrific program this Thursday, 7/15 from the Gilder Lehman Institute of American History:


“On July 18, 1863, the Massachusetts 54th Volunteer Infantry led an assault against Battery Wagner on Morris Island, South Carolina. The battle demonstrated the bravery and fierce determination of African American soldiers even though they were paid less than White soldiers and were threatened with a policy of “no quarter” by the Confederates. This session of Inside the Vault will explore A letter from Sergeant Francis Fletcher about equal pay for Black soldiers Depictions of the Charge on Battery Wagner The Massachusetts 54th Volunteer Infantry’s charge against Battery Wagner, as recorded in Black Phalanx; A History of the Negro Soldiers of the United States in the Wars of 1775–1812, 1861–’65Join us on July 15, 2021, from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. ET (4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. PT) as we examine these rare documents. To register for this webinar CLICK HERE.

And to learn more about the Gilder Lehman Institute CLICK HERE

For a History.com article on the 54th Massachusetts CLICK HERE and to see the National Park Service article on the 54th CLICK HERE.

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