Thursday, October 1, 2009

"Marching Into Charleston"

16" x 20" Watercolor

On February 8, 1864, the 1st. SC Volunteer Infantry, Colored U.S., was re-designated the 33rd United States Colored Troops. Combined with two other regiments (one white and one black) the 33rd made their first assault on a fortification at Battery Gregg on James Island, in Charleston. The combined forces began their attack on July 2nd, 1864 and captured the fort that day. In December, 1864, the 33rd participated with the 55th Massachusetts at the Battle of Honey Hill, a costly defeat for federal forces. In the final year of their service, the 1st S.C. was part of the union garrison of in Savannah and Charleston. They were mustered out of service on February 9, 1866 at Fort Wagner, above the graves of Colonel Robert Gould Shaw and the men of the 54th Massachusetts.

This painting is another in the Moja Visual Arts exhibit, "I, too, America," at Charleston's Gaillard Auditorium through October 30.

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