When: Fri., July 19, 7 p.m. 2013
Trivia question for the day: What was happening in Charleston 150 years ago? Answer: the Battle of Battery Wagner. The National Park Service and the Fort Sumter–Fort Moultrie Historical Trust have teamed up to celebrate the battle’s sesquicentennial with four days of events, including iving history programs, lectures, and an outdoor concert, and spans from July 18 to 21. July was a game-changing month for the war, with some of the bloodiest days resulting in Union soldiers winning vital battles at Gettysburg and Vicksburg. It all led up to the Battle of Battery Wagner on July 18, wherein the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment charged Confederate troops on Morris Island, hoping to eventually get to Charleston. The 54th Infantry, notably comprising free African Americans, never succeeded at capturing Fort Wagner, but they did inspire more than 180,000 additional African Americans to volunteer to fight for the Union. Sound familiar? Perhaps you’ve seen Glory, the 1989 Academy Award-winning movie, starring Morgan Freeman, Denzel Washington, and Matthew Broderick, which is based on the Battle of Battery Wagner. Whether you’ve seen the movie before or not, relive history with your neighbors and hit up Marion Square for the showing.