Union forces capture Port Royal Island on the South Carolina coast

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Historical Context Note

On the 7th of November, 1861 Union forces captured Port Royal Island, the main harbor of the Sea Islands which were located off the South Carolina coast. The Confederate Fort Walker fell to the Union Navy, and the white plantation owners fled the island. The large slave population remained and the Union army allowed them to continue farming the land.

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