WILLIAM H. CARNEY
Was a brave Civil War soldier who carried the colors for the 54th Massachusetts Colored infantry and led the charge to the parapet during the Battle of Fort Wagner, South Carolina, on June 18, 1863. The standard bearer had been killed, so Carney took over.
Wounded twice during the charge, he never faltered in leading his troop. “The old flag never touched the ground, boys declared Carmey. Cited for bravery during this battle, he was the first African American to join in the Congressional Medal of Honor.