install theme
Feb 04, 2014

Bones Discovered Of The 55th Massachusetts All Black Unit- Buried With Full Honors- Historic Marker Erected Remembering Their Sacrifice

The bronze busts of two African American Civil War soldiers sit at Robert Bohrn’s home after he discovered them in a cemetery while looking for artifacts with a metal detector at Folly Beach, S.C.

The Massachusetts 55th was the second all-African-American unit.

They camped at Folly in 1863 during the Siege of Charleston. (The better-known first African-American unit, the Massachusetts 54th), made an assault on Confederates at Morris Island’s Battery Wagoner and was immortalized in the feature film “Glory.”

On July 15, 2011 there was an Unveiling Ceremony for a South Carolina Historical Marker on Folly Beach, S.C. The monument was erected for Robert Bohrn’s discovery of 19 African American soldiers remains that were found on Folly Beach in May of 1987. The private funds raised to have the marker made, were contributed by Civil War Relic Hunters from all across the Country. The Marker is located in the Folly River Park, on Folly Beach, S.C. 

The bones found ranged from fragments to full-length, well-preserved skeletons. The absence of any evidence of body wounds indicate the troops had died from diseases that were prevalent at the time in military encampments.

The remains were buried with full military honors at Beauford National Cemetery on Memorial Day in 1989. Morgan Freeman and other cast members of “Glory,” a 1989 film based on the (54th) Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment and its battle at St. James Island in South Carolina, attended the service.

Bohrn raised roughly $1,900 for a national historic marker honoring the 55th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment at Folly River Park.


491 notes
  1. pippiesfumarse reblogged this from decafrabbit
  2. decafrabbit reblogged this from dynastylnoire
  3. dali-svon reblogged this from subconsciouscelebrity
  4. aquastargazer reblogged this from lifesustainingmeasures
  5. firefighter-tallman reblogged this from lifesustainingmeasures
  6. lifesustainingmeasures reblogged this from lawrence-of-arabia
  7. silasmanzie reblogged this from thecivilwarparlor
  8. doodleonwalls reblogged this from brickprotege
  9. benjaxxxson reblogged this from and-also-lace
  10. datsassypanda reblogged this from brickprotege
  11. fresheprinceofdenmark reblogged this from brickprotege
  12. brickprotege reblogged this from voxantiqua
  13. southcarolinahistory reblogged this from southcarolinadove
  14. the-underwater-unicorn reblogged this from shonilane
  15. eniwuayento reblogged this from thecivilwarparlor
  16. you-and-me-forever-till-the-end reblogged this from thecivilwarparlor
  17. itsanemptytomb reblogged this from thecivilwarparlor
  18. oldfolksatroland reblogged this from southcarolinadove
  19. southcarolinadove reblogged this from thecivilwarparlor and added:
    Why did I never hear of this?? This is so awesome, I will definitely go by their monument next time I make it to Folly...
  20. icewaterrio reblogged this from thecivilwarparlor
  21. drinklikeagod reblogged this from thecivilwarparlor
  22. frederikafurude reblogged this from and-also-lace
  23. and-also-lace reblogged this from rosecransandpunk
  24. eddieizzardstits reblogged this from thecivilwarparlor
  25. ishotlincoln reblogged this from leahdoreroosevelt
  26. hotkauffee reblogged this from leahdoreroosevelt
  27. leahdoreroosevelt reblogged this from sheishistoric
  28. sheishistoric reblogged this from alexanderhamiltonisthebottom