William H. Carney's grit at Fort Wagner earned him the distinction of being the first black soldier to receive the Medal of Honor

Hammond, Thomas M.
March 2007
America's Civil War;Mar2007, Vol. 20 Issue 1, p69
The article focuses on African American soldier William H. Carney who was a member of the U.S. Colored Troops in the American Civil War and discusses the bravery he portrayed in the Battle of Fort Wagner on July 18, 1863. Carney was promoted to the rank of sergeant because of the bravery he portrayed in the battle. His bravery earned him the Medal of Honor, the U.S. military's most prestigious award.


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