national soldiers that landed in Charleston in the capacity of masters of the rebel city were the South Carolina negroes (thank God!) of the Twenty-first United States colored troops.--There was also a detachment of the gallant Massachusetts Fifty-fourth, who were the first negro troops to demonstrate on Southern soil the splendid fighting qualities of the colored race.
They were the heroes of Fort Wagner, where Shaw lies buried "under his niggers," as the brutal ruffians reported.
The Pennsylvania Fifty-second formed the rest of the forces of occupation.
Soon the Star-Spangled Banner floated from the top of the custom-house, the citadel and the arsenal — waving for the first time here over free soil and a people free.
All the public buildings were immediately taken possession of, and detachments stationed to guard them.
The negro Provost-Guard.
Lieutenant-Colonel Bennett is Provost-Marshal, and Major Willoughby Assistant Provost-Marshal. Two companies of the Fift