The 150th Commemorative will be held on June 15th, 2013 in downtown Darien, Georgia.
A Civil War Living History Encampment and Re-enactment will also be downtown.
For more information call 912-437-4770 or email

 On June 11th 1863, the town of Darien lay deserted.  Its inhabitants had fled weeks before in fear of Union Troops blockading and raiding the Coast.  The all-black regiment, The 54th Massachusetts, had been sent to the Georgia coast earlier that spring to re-enforce the Union “Anaconda” strategy to choke the South into submission.  Under their white commanders, they were to harass small southern settlements, destroy crops, free slaves and recruit them into service, and destroy any sources of economic activity.  They had been here less than a month when their superior commander, Colonel James Montgomery of the 2nd SC Volunteers, ordered that Darien be pillaged for much needed supplies, and then burned entirely to the ground, churches and all.  Members of the 54th complied, though their immediate commander, Colonel Robert Gould Shaw, was vehemently against it and voiced his opposition to Montgomery.  Nevertheless, rather than face Court Martial, Shaw carried out his orders.  Only a few structures survived the burning.  Shaw, in addition to many members of the 54th, bravely died a month later during their heroic Siege of Fort Wagner just outside Charleston, South Carolina.   

After the war, the Shaw family spent a great deal of money and a great deal of ink in the press in efforts to exonerate their son’s reputation and honor throughout the South as many were erroneously led to believe Shaw ordered the burn.     

The Burning of Darien was depicted in the 1989 Oscar-winning movie Glory.


The Motion Picture




"Glory” Anniversary

The Inaugural Event of

The Walking Ghosts of Black History

    Present to you the 25th Anniversary Red Carpet Premier of the film “Glory”. The majority of the filming took place in Savannah, Georgia so we strongly feel it’s best to pay respect to this historical city, which received us so openly in the past.

    During this event we will pay tribute to those who helped make this film possible and who are no longer with us today.  Honoring their memory from the brilliant capture of the film, we will be sharing many different aspects of living history and educational forums with an emphasis on African-American history in the military.

    As we live today – under a blanket of freedom; we would like to share with the public, our nations understanding about the truths of the effects and aftermath of the civil war. Our involvement with our nation’s top history professors and the reenactment community will allow us to give the most accurate presentations of the Civil War and how it has shaped our nation into who we are today.

    In this 3-day event we will bring the importance to the African-American community, and the general public, why this event is significant in today’s world and why it’s essential for African-Americans to participate, remember and reenact.

    This educational event will compel our participants and spectators through initiative, strength, tolerance and truth. Our youth are our future making this event imperative to be factional and a honest portrayal of a living history, which they will never forget.

    We invite you to step into the past with The Walking Ghost of Black History Inaugural Event and make history today.

 A tribute to the men and women, who made it possible – the motion picture



Freddie Fields 

Ed Zwick 

Morgan Freeman
as John Rawlins

Matthew Broderick
Col. Shaw

Cary Elwes
Cabot Forbes

Denzel Washington
as Trip

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