This Memorial is Dedicated to The

  2nd Regiment Infantry, U.S. Colored Troops 

 and Companies D and I which Served at The Battle of Fort Myers.


 On July 20, 1861,

 U.S. Army Officer Major French wrote to U.S. Naval Officer McKean,

"I have information that a schooner fitted out as a slaver is in the

     Caloosahatchee River. Her appointments, I am told, are full...."



 On February 20, 1865,

Confederates of the 1st Battalion, Florida Special Cavalry

attacked Fort Myers. The attack erupted into a cannon duel

with the 2nd USCT in charge of artillery.

The New York Times reported: "The colored soldiers [at Fort Myers]

were in the thick of the fight. Unconscious of danger,

their constant cry was to 'get at them'...."

At nightfall, the Confederate force withdrew.

A Confederate participant later recalled : 

"It was seen that nothing was accomplished."


The Battle of Fort Myers

marked the final action of the 2nd USCT in South Florida.

Companies D and I left Fort Myers in March of 1865.

Fort Myers was then decommissioned.


 USCT Troops freed and enlisted over 1,000 of the enslaved

in Florida during the Civil War.


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