Beaufort National Cemetery

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Beaufort National Cemetery
Beaufort National Cemetery
Beaufort National Cemetery is located in South Carolina
Beaufort National Cemetery
Beaufort National Cemetery is located in the United States
Beaufort National Cemetery
Location1601 Boundary St., Beaufort, South Carolina
Coordinates32°26′59″N 80°40′47″W / 32.44972°N 80.67972°W / 32.44972; -80.67972Coordinates: 32°26′59″N 80°40′47″W / 32.44972°N 80.67972°W / 32.44972; -80.67972
Area28.9 acres (11.7 ha)
Architectural styleColonial, Dutch Colonial
MPSCivil War Era National Cemeteries MPS
NRHP reference #97001208[1]
Added to NRHPOctober 10, 1997

Beaufort National Cemetery is a United States National Cemetery located in Beaufort County, in the city of Beaufort, South Carolina.[2][3] Managed by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, it encompasses 33.1 acres (13.4 ha), and as of 2014, had over 19,000 interments.


The original interments in the cemetery were men who died in nearby Union hospitals during the occupation of the area early in the Civil War, mainly in 1861, following the Battle of Port Royal. Battlefield casualties from around the area were also reinterred in the cemetery, including over 100 Confederate soldiers. It became a National Cemetery with the National Cemetery Act by Abraham Lincoln in 1863. The remains of 27 Union prisoners of war were reinterred from Blackshear Prison following the war.

Beaufort National Cemetery now has interments from every major American conflict, including the Spanish–American War, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and the Gulf War.

In 1987, the remains of nineteen Union soldiers of the all black Massachusetts 55th Volunteer Infantry were discovered on Folly Island, South Carolina. The Massachusetts 55th had been stationed on Folly Island from late 1863 to early 1864 and was a sister unit to the better-known Massachusetts 54th Volunteer Infantry, featured in the film Glory. On May 29, 1989, these soldiers were reinterred in the Beaufort National Cemetery with full military honors. Cast members from the film served as the honor guard at the ceremony.

Beaufort National Cemetery was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1997.

Notable interments[edit]

Twilight at Beaufort National Cemetery


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  2. ^ Sammartino, Therese T. (May 27, 1997). "Beaufort National Cemetery" (PDF). National Register of Historic Places - Nomination and Inventory. Retrieved 8 June 2012.
  3. ^ "Beaufort National Cemetery, Beaufort County (1601 Boundary St., Beaufort)". National Register Properties in South Carolina. South Carolina Department of Archives and History. Retrieved 8 June 2012.
  4. ^ Donahue, Patrick (2010-06-14). "Ex-Marine, S.C. resident on famous poster dies". The Beaufort Gazette. The State (newspaper). Archived from the original on 15 June 2010. Retrieved 2010-07-02.
  5. ^ Johnson, Kristina Dunn (2009-04-06). No Holier Spot of Ground: Confederate Monuments & Cemeteries of South Carolina. ISBN 9781614232827.
  6. ^ CWGC: Ian Ronald Atherton Adamson

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