Jul 10, 2013
- Stratton Lawrence | Jul 10, 2013
"We'll get you, Johnny Reb!" Joseph McGill snarls, baring his teeth as he prepares to storm Battery Wagner. When it comes to reenacting the events of the Civil War in Charleston during July of 1863, McGill is as about as serious as serious gets. He and his fellow Union soldiers, each one depicting members of the 54th Regiment Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry — one of the first African-American units to engage in combat for the United States — have been planning this week's sesquicentennial events for over a year. On July 16, they will reenact the Battle of Grimball's Landing on Sol Legare Island and the assault on Morris Island's Battery Wagner two days later.
Tags: Civil War, Sol Legare, James Brown, Reenacting, Slavery, Joseph McGill, Ernest Parks, Betty Brown, James Brown, Marlene Lemon, Robert Beavers