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

Camp of Wild's African Brigade, 1863 - 1864 / Wild's Brigade Cemetery (HMVQR)

Location: Folly Beach, SC 29439 Charleston County
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Country: United States of America
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N 32° 39.495', W 79° 56.526'

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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.
Marker Number10-64
Year Placed2010
Placed ByThe Friends of the 55th Massachusetts
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, September 6th, 2014 at 6:12pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 599206 N 3613895
Decimal Degrees32.65825000, -79.94210000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 39.495', W 79° 56.526'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 39' 29.70" N, 79° 56' 31.56" W
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Area Code(s)843
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 116 E Indian Ave, Folly Beach SC 29439, US
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