Civil War re-enactors depicting A Company 4th Infantry of the Confederacy hand out muskets as they prepare to participate in the First Battle of Manassas 150th Anniversary Commemorative ceremony
DARIEN, Ga. (AP) - As the 150th anniversary of the burning of Darien approaches, historian Buddy Sullivan wants to clear up what he considers a misconception about the south Georgia town's Civil War history.
Many people assume that Union Army Col. Robert Gould Shaw was the one who burned Darien, especially since the Hollywood movie "Glory" came out. Matthew Broderick played the white Shaw in the 1989 movie about the otherwise all-black 54th Massachusetts Regiment.
Sullivan tells The Jacksonville Times-Union that it was Shaw's superior officer, Col. James Montgomery of the 2nd South Carolina Volunteers, who ordered the attack. He said Shaw reluctantly carried out the raid under threat of court-martial.
The burning took place on June 11, 1863, and Darien will commemorate it with a town festival on June 15.
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