Beaufort in Beaufort County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
At the Dedication of
The Gettysburg National Cemetery
November 19, 1863.
Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.
Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.
But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate -- we can not consecrate -- we can not hallow -- this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us -- that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which
Location. 32° 26.415′ N, 80° 40.811′ W. Marker is in Beaufort, South Carolina, in Beaufort County. Marker can be reached from Boundry Street, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Located in the Beaufort National Cemetery, shouting distance from the Flag pole, facing northwest. Marker is in this post office area: Beaufort SC 29902, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 1st SC Infantry Of African Descent (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Re-interred 19 African-American Civil War Volunteers (about 700 feet away); Beaufort (approx. 0.3 miles away); Beaufort Historic District (approx. half a mile away); St. Helena's Church (approx. half a mile away); St. Helena's Episcopal Church (approx. half a mile away); Site of the Old Baptist Meeting House (approx. 0.6 miles away); First Presbyterian Church (approx. 0.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Beaufort.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker.
Also see . . . Beaufort National Cemetery. 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. On May 29, 1989, nineteen Union soldiers of the all black Massachusetts 54th Infantry, whose remains were found on Folly Island, South Carolina in 1987, were buried in the cemetery with full military honors. Members of the cast of the film Glory served as honor guard. (Submitted on December 21, 2012, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
1. Beaufort National Cemetery
National Register of Historic Places:
Beaufort National Cemetery (added 1997 - - #97001208)
1601 Boundary St. , Beaufort
♦ Historic Significance: Event
♦ Area of Significance: Military
♦ Period of Significance: 1925-1949, 1900-1924, 1875-1899, 1850-1874, 1825-1849, 1800-1824
♦ Owner: Federal
♦ Historic Function: Funerary
♦ Historic Sub-function: Cemetery
♦ Current Function: Funerary
♦ Current Sub-function: Cemetery
The Beaufort National Cemetery is significant because of its association with
— Submitted December 21, 2012, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.
Categories. • Cemeteries & Burial Sites • War, US Civil •
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