151st anniversary of Battery Wagner observed

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - Black Civil War re-enactors are heading to Morris Island in Charleston Harbor to mark the anniversary of the assault by the black 54th Massachusetts on the Confederate fort recounted in the movie "Glory."

Friday marks the 151st anniversary of the Battle of Battery Wagner. Of the 600 black Union troops who charged the Confederate defenses at Battery Wagner, 218 were killed, wounded or captured in fierce fighting. The 54th later fought elsewhere in South Carolina as well as in Georgia and Florida.

This year's observance is expected to be smaller than last year's 150th anniversary of the fight. That's when more than 50 re-enactors and a like number of spectators traveled to the island by boat to mark the battle.

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