Battery Wagner

Morris Island

Charleston, SC 29401

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Region: Coastal & Islands

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Battery Wagner

This site on Morris Island was where the first Union regiment of free black soldier, the 54th Massachusetts Volunteers Infantry Regiment, fought during Civil War. Although Union Soldiers did not take the fort by this July 18, 1863 assault, it proved the courage and bravery of black soldiers. This battle was dramatized in the Academy award-winning film "Glory." Unfortunately, Morris Island is inaccessible and the site of the battery has eroded away, but the island can be seen from Fort Sumter or tour boats of the harbor. Log on to for information on the Charleston Harbor tour or call 1-800-789-3678.