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Places Seen by the 54th Massachusetts

St. Simons Lighthouse  

St. Simons Lighthouse

The fenced-in, circular area marks the spot where the first lighthouse stood on St. Simons Island, one of the three Golden Isles off the coast of Georgia. The original lighthouse was built by James Gould in 1810. This replica was completed in 1872.



"Secession House"

Milton Maxey's home in Beaufort, South Carolina became known as the "Secession House" after the first meeting favoring secession from the Union was held here. The house was constructed in 1813.

  Secesh House
Green-Meldrin mansion  

"Sherman's Headquarters"

The Green-Meldrin mansion of Savannah, Georgia was built in the Gothic Revival style in 1850. This home became General William Tecumseh Sherman's headquarters in 1864.


Miles Brewton House

This home in Charleston, South Carolina was constructed in 1769, and has had a long history of two wars. From 1780 to 1782 it served as British Headquarters, and in 1865 it was the headquarters of the Union Army.

  Miles Brewton House
Fort Sumter  

Fort Sumter

The Civil War began when the Confederate Army under General Beauregard attacked this Charleston, South Carolina fort on April 12, 1861. The fort's commander, Union Major Robert Anderson, surrendered on April 14.


Morris Island

The Morris Island Lighthouse that stands off the shore of Folly Beach, South Carolina, was completed in 1876. This is the second lighthouse built on the island.

  Morris Island Lighthouse


Union Officers and Soldiers Memorial


Olustee Battlefield

Depicted here is a plain, wooden cross at Olustee Battlefield State Historic Site. On the front base of the cross are the following words: "To the memory of the officers and soldiers of the United States Army who fell in the Battle of Olustee February 20, 1864. This memorial replaces the original wooden one erected on this site May 1866."


All photos on this page by CNO, except for the "Secession House," by DLO.


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