Whilden House / 54th Massachusetts Regiment

Whilden House / 54th Massachusetts Regiment (HMPGV)

Location: Mt Pleasant, SC 29464 Charleston County
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Country: United States of America
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N 32° 47.245', W 79° 52.685'

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The Whilden House
Elias Whilden, planter and mayor (1857-1858), built his home c. 1840. Five sons fought for the Confederacy, including John Marshall Whilden. John was Captain of the Citadel cadets who fired on the steamer, The Star of the West. This action on January 9, 1861 prevented Union efforts from supplying the troops at Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor. It was the first shot of the Civil War.

54th Massachusetts Regiment
The Whilden House served as Union headquarters after the fall of Mount Pleasant in February 1865. Among the occupying troops was the first black volunteer 54th Mass. regiment. Under the command of Colonel Robert Gould Shaw, this unit was made famous by its assault on Battery Wagner in February 1865. The regiment mustered out in Mount Pleasant in August 1865
Year Placed2004
Placed ByTown of Mount Pleasant
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Date Added Saturday, September 13th, 2014 at 5:46pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 605058 N 3628277
Decimal Degrees32.78741667, -79.87808333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 47.245', W 79° 52.685'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 47' 14.70" N, 79° 52' 41.10" W
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Area Code(s)843
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 236 Bennett St, Mt Pleasant SC 29464, US
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