Tag: Civil War

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‘Glory’: Civil War fight by Black troops recalled

Walter Sanderson of Upper Marlboro, Md., left, and Louis Carter of Richmond, Va., re-enactors portraying members of the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, sit in an encampment at Fort Moultrie on Sullivans Island, S.C., on Thursday, July 18, 2013. (AP Photo/Bruce Smith) SULLIVANS ISLAND, S.C. (AP) — Dozens of Civil War re-enactors gathered Thursday to commemorate the 150th anniversary of a famed attack by the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry — a battle in South Carolina that showed the world Black soldiers could fight and was chronicled in the movie “Glory.” Re-enactors portraying members of the Black Union regiment as well as Confederate counterparts defending Battery Wagner in Charleston Harbor planned to travel Thursday afternoon by boat to Morris Island, site of the battle, to lay a wreath and fire a salute.

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Colfax riot or massacre: a brutal defining moment

RIOT OR MASSACRE?–This Feb. 15, photo shows a historical marker near the Grant Parish Courthouse in Colfax, La. which describes a day of violence that helped condemn African Americans to a century of Jim Crow in the American South. (AP Photo/The Lafayette Daily Advertiser, Bill Decker) by Bill Decker | The Advertiser COLFAX, La. (AP) — A brown and silver historical marker near the Grant Parish Courthouse describes a day of violence that helped condemn African Americans to a century of Jim Crow in the American South.