Morris Island, made famous by the charge of the black 54th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment and once considered one of the nation's most endangered Civil War battlegrounds, has been protected from development.
The City of Charleston, working with the Trust for Public Land, purchased the property last month from developer Bobby Ginn in a $3million deal. Now the city is working with the public on how to interpret and provide public access to the 800-acre island on Charleston Harbor.
The purchase capped an effort to protect the island which, in 2005, was named one of the nation's most-endangered battlefields by the Civil War Battlefield Trust.
Confederate Battery Wagner, where the Massachusetts troops died in a charge dramatized in the movie “Glory,” has been lost to the sea.