Historic Markers Across South Carolina



15th N.Y. Infantry



Marker ID: SCHM 42-25
Location: southwest corner of Blackstock Road and W.O. Ezell Boulevard.
County: Spartanburg
Coordinates: N 34° 56.180    W 081° 59.453
  34.936333    -81.990883
Style: Free Standing **
 



Text:

The 15th N.Y. Infantry, a volunteer National Guard unit of African American soldiers, arrive here Oct. 10, 1917, to train at Camp Wadsworth. Race Riots that summer in East St. Louis and Houston raised fears of Spartanburg´s whites about the potential for racial violence if Northern black soldiers trained here. Though the 15th N.Y. was ordered not to respond to any insults or physical abuse by local whites, tensions rose for the next two weeks.


Notes:

Two sided - Harlem Hellfighters

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Wikipedia - 15th Infantry Regiment
Official Site - 15th Infantry Regiment
US History Project - 15th Infantry Regiment Civil War