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Darien to observe 150th anniversary of burning

Special to SEGAZINE

Evidence of the worst day in the city’s history rests in a black garbage bag at Fort King George State Historic Site.Aside from tough tabby foundations, the brittle pieces of wood with charred edges are all that’s left of the warehouses that once stood on Darien River when the city was a thriving seaport. It went up in flames July 11, 1863, when the 54th Massachusetts, an all-black Union regiment, torched the town during the Civil War.


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