Port Royal in Beaufort County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Emancipation Day • Camp Saxton Site
Erected 1996 by Penn Center and The Michigan Support Group. (Marker Number 7-24.)
Location. 32° 23.393′ N, 80° 40.863′ W. Marker is in Port Royal, South Carolina, in Beaufort County. Marker is on Pinckney Boulevard. Click for map. Marker located at U.S. Naval Hospital Port Royal (A Secured Military Installation). Marker is in this post office area: Port Royal SC 29935, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Mather School (approx. 2.1 miles away); To Purple Heart Recipients (approx. 2.7 miles away); Peatross Parade Deck (approx. 2.7 miles away); Uncommon Valor (approx. 2.7 miles away); Beaufort South Carolina Tricentennial (approx. 2.8 miles away); Thomas Heyward, Jr. (approx. 2.8 miles away); Beaufort County, South Carolina (approx. 2.8 miles away); a different marker also named Beaufort County, South Carolina (approx. 2.8 miles away).
Regarding Emancipation Day • Camp Saxton Site. Union occupation during the Civil War spared the Town of Port Royal from destruction. Gen. Thomas Sherman was quite content to ride out the war comfortably on Hilton Head Island. Consequently, except for a few unsuccessful forays a few miles north of Beaufort to attempt to sever the vital Confederate railway from Savannah to Charleston, the Greater Port Royal area remained a pleasant beachhead for the Union. Officers' families moved down form the North. The only evidence of war was the wounded who were collected and treated in the City of Beaufort. When the other - the fighting Sherman- came through some three years later burning and pillaging, he therefore spared the little historic town, destroying instead neighboring Hardeeville and
McPhersonville just to the north on his way to Columbia.( The Town of Port Royal )
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. To better understand the relationship, study marker shown:1st South Carolina Volunteer Infantry Regiment
Also see . . .
1. Camp Saxton. The Camp Saxton Site is an approximately six-acre wooded and greenspaced site
2. Higginson, Thomas Wentworth. The Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition
3. United States Colored Troops Infantry.
4. Rufus Saxton. Medal of Honor recipient (Harper's Ferry, 1862); Military Governor, Department of the South.
Additional keywords. U.S. Colored Infantry; USCT.;1st South Carolina Volunteer Infantry Regiment
Categories. • African Americans • Civil Rights • Notable Events • War, US Civil •
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