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In Charleston Harbor, Massachusetts troops clear the advanced rifle pits in front of Fort Wagner

Union infantry assault on the rifle pits before Fort Wagner, August 26, 1863, artist's impression, detail
08/26/1863
As the works of Union engineers closed in on Fort Wagner, guarding Charleston Harbor on Morris Island, several attempts were made to clear the advanced Confederate pickets in rifle pits about two hundred yards in front of the fort.  The 24th Massachusetts carried out the final successful assault against the 79 defenders of  the 61st North Carolina, killing or capturing 76 of them. Fort Wagner was evacuated ten days later.  (By John Osborne) 
Source Citation: 
Frances Harding Casstevens, Clingman's Brigade in the Confederacy, 1862-1865 (Jefferson, NC: McFarland and Co., Inc., 2002), 123-124.
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