Historic Markers Across South Carolina



Camp of Wild's "African Brigade," 1863-1864 / Wild's Brigade Cemetery



Marker ID: SCHM 10-64
Location: Folly Beach Community Center, 55 Center St., Folly Beach, SC
County: Charleston
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Style: Free Standing **
 



Text:

CAMP OF WILD´S "AFRICAN BRIGADE," 1863-1864


Folly Island was occupied by Union troops April 1863-February 1865. Gen. Edward A. Wild´s "African Brigade" camped nearby from November 1863 to February 1864. The two regiments in Wild´s brigade were the 55th Massachusetts, made up largely of free blacks, and the 1st North Carolina, made up of former slaves.

WILD´S BRIGADE CEMETERY


A cemetery was laid out nearby for soldiers in Wild´s Brigade who died here in 1863-64. Most graves were removed after the war. In 1987 relic hunters discovered additional graves of U.S. Colored Troops. In 1987-88 archaeologists removed 19 burials and published their findings. These soldiers were reburied with full military honors at Beaufort National Cemetery in May 1989.

Erected by The Friends of the 55th Massachusetts, 2010