SULLIVANS ISLAND, S.C. (AP) — Dozens of re-enactors have gathered at Fort Moultrie in South Carolina to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the famed Civil War attack by the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry.
Prayers, a wreath-laying, candlelight and period music are planned to observe the attack on Battery Wagner that debunked the myth that black soldiers could not fight.
Joe McGill, a Charleston re-enactor says Thursday's commemoration on Sullivans Island brings wide attention to the fight chronicled in the movie "Glory."
Re-enactors will travel by boat to Morris Island where the attack took place. This year, in addition to black re-enactors, there will be others dressed as Confederate troops.
Events commemorating the attack continue through Sunday, when a monument to the 54th is unveiled in Charleston.