Memorial is Dedicated to The
Regiment Infantry, U.S. Colored Troops
Companies D and I which Served at The Battle of Fort Myers.
On July 20,
Army Officer Major French wrote to U.S. Naval Officer McKean,
information that a schooner fitted out as a slaver is in the
Caloosahatchee River. Her appointments, I am told, are full...."
February 20, 1865,
of the 1st Battalion, Florida Special Cavalry
Fort Myers. The attack erupted into a cannon duel
with the 2nd
USCT in charge of artillery.
York Times reported: "The colored soldiers [at Fort Myers]
were in the
thick of the fight. Unconscious of danger,
constant cry was to 'get at them'...."
nightfall, the Confederate force withdrew.
Confederate participant later recalled :
seen that nothing was accomplished."
of Fort Myers
final action of the 2nd USCT in South Florida.
and I left Fort Myers in March of 1865.
was then decommissioned.
Troops freed and enlisted over 1,000 of the enslaved
during the Civil War.
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