Historic Markers Across South Carolina

Battle of Sol-Legare Island

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Location: on Sol Legare Road (South Carolina Route 10-432) near Old Sol Legare Road, Secessionville, SC
County: Charleston
Coordinates: N 32° 40.88    W 079° 58.043
  32.68133333    -79.96738333
Style: Mounted **
Status: The marking is missing.


The Civil War Battle of Sol-Legare Island
July 16, 1863
In Honor of
The Massachusetts 54th Regiment

During the Civil War (1861-1865) Sol-Legare Island was the site of several camps, artillery positions and battles. On this date, one of America´s first African American Army Regiments, organized in the North and led by Union Gen. Alfred Terry; bravely gave their lives to win the freedom of enslaved Africans who were held in bondage here and on plantations throughout the south. 5,200 Federal Troops occupied this Island. The 54th waged a gallent battle but lost 14 men. 17 were wounded and 12 missing. It is with great pride and humble gratitude that we honor their unwavering courage and sacrifice for a moral cause.

Erected 2006 by Island Heritage Foundation and Fielding Home for Funerals.