Beaufort in Beaufort County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Grand Army of the Republic Hall
This building was built ca. 1896 by the David Hunter Post No. 9, Grand Army of the Republic (G.A.R.) The G.A.R., founded in 1866, was a fraternal society for veterans of the Union army and navy, with white and black posts. David Hunter Post was founded in 1888 by African-American veterans, many of them former slaves on Sea Island plantations who had been soldiers in the United States Colored Troops in the Civil War.
The post was named for Gen. David Hunter (1802-1886), who had organized the nucleus of the 1st S.C. Volunteers (Colored) in 1862. Robert Smalls (1839-1915), Civil War hero, state legislator, militia general, and U.S. Congressman, was a post officer. The post hosted annual Decoration Day services at Beaufort National Cemetery and the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War continue that tradition.
Erected 2013 by Beaufort County Historical Society. (Marker Number 7-41.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans Fraternal or Sororal Organizations • Patriots & Patriotism • War, US Civil. A significant historical year for this entry is 1896.
Location. 32° 26.132′ N, 80° 40.447′ W. Marker is in Beaufort, South Carolina, in Beaufort County. Marker is on Newcastle Street south of Duke Street, on the right when traveling south. Marker is located directly in front of the subject building. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 706 Newcastle Street, Beaufort SC 29902, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Site of the Old Baptist Meeting House (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Baptist Church of Beaufort (about 400 feet away); a different marker also named The Baptist Church of Beaufort (about 400 feet away); Richard Heron Anderson (about 500 feet away); Colonel John Barnwell (about 500 feet away); St. Helena's Episcopal Church (about 600 feet away); Stephen Elliott Jr (about 600 feet away); St. Helena's Church (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Beaufort.
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