Lecture to focus on 54th Massachusetts Infantry

Joseph McGill, a preservationist and historian, shown here in his 54th Massachusetts re-enactor uniform.

Historian and Civil War re-enactor Joe McGill will give a lecture next week on the famed 54th Massachusetts Infantry, a Union contingent made up of black soldiers who fought several Civil War battles in and around Charleston.

Their most famous battle occurred on Morris Island, just north of Folly Beach, and was portrayed in the climactic scenes of the 1989 movie, “Glory.”

McGill also leads the Slave Dwelling Project, which aims to document all surviving slave cabins in South Carolina. He currently works as a docent at the Old Slave Mart Museum.

McGill's lecture, which is free and open to the public, begins at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 4  at the museum at 6 Chalmers St. His talk is sponsored by The Humanities Council SC, a state program of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Earlier versions of this story had an incorrect date for the lecture, which is to take place on Feb. 4.

Reach Robert Behre at 937-5771.