William Harvey Carney Facts

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William Harvey Carney

Introduction - William Harvey Carney

On July 18th of 1863 Union troops prepared for an assault on Fort Wagner on Morris Island in South Carolina, one of several forts guarding Charleston South Carolina's harbor. Leading the assault was a colored regiment, the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry. Their brave assault would be repelled by a well-defended and overwhelming Confederate force; however the bravery displayed by the 54th Massachusetts would go down in history. Among those brave black Civil War soldiers one, William Harvey Carney, would stand out and be awarded the U.S. Medal of Honor for his actions that day; the first black soldier to be granted the award. On this page is a list of interesting facts about William Harvey Carney written for both kids and adults. This information includes how he earned the Medal of Honor and why he joined the Union Army.

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William Harvey Carney Early Years Facts

William Harvey Carney Civil War and Fort Wagner Facts

William Harvey Carney Conclusion