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Battle of Fort Wagner - Inspiration for Glory

By July 18, 2013

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On July 18, 1863, the first formal all African-American infantry unit in the Civil War, the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, was part of the attack on Fort Wagner on Morris Island, South Carolina. The unit spearheaded the all-out attack resulting in heavy casualties including that of the unit's colonel, Robert Gould Shaw. Learn more about the Battle of Fort Wagner that inspired the wonderful movie Glory.


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