Beaufort National Cemetery, Beaufort

Beaufort National Cemetery, Beaufort (must see)

Beaufort National Cemetery was established in 1863 during the American Civil War. The cemetery's historical significance is closely tied to this tumultuous period in American history and received recognition when it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1997. Within the cemetery grounds, visitors can find various commemorative monuments and memorials honoring the sacrifices of the veterans.

Beaufort National Cemetery is the final resting place for thousands of veterans, including those who served in the Civil War, Spanish-American War, World War I, World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and subsequent conflicts. It is open to eligible veterans, their spouses, and dependent children.

In 1987, a remarkable discovery took place on Folly Island, South Carolina, when the remains of nineteen Union soldiers were found. These soldiers were part of the Massachusetts 55th Volunteer Infantry, stationed on Folly Island from late 1863 to early 1864 during the American Civil War. This unit is often recognized as a sister unit to the more well-known Massachusetts 54th Volunteer Infantry, famously depicted in the film "Glory." The excavations unearthed a variety of items, including leather shoes, rubberized canvas, wood staves, and animal bones, providing valuable insights into the lives of the soldiers stationed on Folly Island.

On May 29, 1989 the soldiers of the Massachusetts 54th Volunteer Infantry, along with the body of their commanding officer, Colonel Robert Gould Shaw, were reinterred at the cemetery with full military honors. Notably, cast members from the film "Glory" served as the honor guard at this poignant ceremony, paying tribute to the historical significance of the Massachusetts 54th.

The cemetery is open to the public, allowing visitors to pay their respects, reflect on the sacrifices made by veterans, and explore the history of the site. Many visitors come to Beaufort National Cemetery to participate in Memorial Day and Veterans Day ceremonies, which are held annually to honor and remember those who served.

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Sight Name: Beaufort National Cemetery
Sight Location: Beaufort, USA (See walking tours in Beaufort)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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