2nd Regiment Infantry - Fort Myers, FL
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member rogueblack
N 26° 38.726 W 081° 52.348
17R E 413166 N 2947461
Quick Description: A memorial for the 2nd Regiment Infantry, U.S. Colored Troops and Companies D and I which served at the Battle of Fort Myers.
Location: Florida, United States
Date Posted: 9/28/2008 12:31:38 PM
Waymark Code: WM4THY
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member silverquill
Views: 41

Long Description:
In Centennial Park, a soldier stands casually at ease with his weapon and a slight smile at the top of a three-step platform. Behind him is a two-section wall with tablets embedded in both sides. The gap between the walls signifies a gate, and the soldier's position before the gate represents the gateway to freedom from slavery.

The first tablet reads:
    This Memorial is dedicated to the
    2nd Regiment Infantry, U.S. Colored Troops
    and Companies D and I which served at the Battle of Fort Myers

    On July 20, 1861
    U.S. Army Officer Major French wrote to U.S. Naval Officer McKean, I have information that a schooner fitted out as a slaver is in the Caloosahatchee River. Her appointments, I am told, are full..."

    On February 20, 1865
    Confederates of the 1st Battalion, Florida Special Cavalry attacked Fort Myers. The attack erupted into a cannon duel with the 2nd USCT in charge of artillery. The New York Times reported: The colored soldiers at Fort Myers were in the thick of the fight. Unconscious of danger their constant cry was to get at them..." At nightfall, the Confederate force withdrew. A Confederate participant later recalled, "It was seen that nothing was accomplished."

    The Battle of Fort Myers marked the final action of the 2nd USCT in South Florida Companies D and I left Fort Myers in March of 1865. Fort Myers was then decommissioned.

    USCT Troopers freed and enlisted over 1,000 of the enslaved in Florida during the Civil War.

The second tablet is a poem that reads:
    In Freedom Cover Me

    The war between the states it's called
    to make us all one people
    one man's bullet is another man's death
    in this God makes us equal.

    The men who died in the light today
    all knew this was the start
    of some new age yet undefined
    of when we're all a part

    This Union Flag I stand beneath
    is what's protecting me
    from a life of moral death
    a life in slavery

    When muskets fire if I should fall
    in freedom cover me
    with these stars from this flag
    like leaves from God's great tree

    Clayton


Centennial Park has metered parking, which is located along the southern edge of the park and accessible by Edwards Drive.
Name of Government Entity or Private Organization that built the monument: City of Fort Myers

Union, Confederate or Other Monument: Union

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Date Installed or Dedicated: Not listed

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