Beaufort in Beaufort County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Re-interred 19 African-American Civil War Volunteers
Memorial Day May 29, 1989
The Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Michael S. Dukakis, and descendant's of the African-American Civil War Volunteers of the 54th and 55th Infantry Regiments and the 5th Cavalry Regiment of Massachusetts, accompanied by distinguished citizens of the Commonwealth, came on this day to Beaufort National Veterans Cemetery to honor the members of the Black 55th Massachusetts Regiment of Volunteer Infantry, whose remains were found on Folly Island, South Carolina in 1987, and reinterred this day with full military honors befitting American soldiers.
"Duty well performed...Glory and reward won."
Governor John A. Andrew, 1865
These hallowed grounds hold the remains of at least nineteen Black Union soldiers, 55th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment, who lost their lives on Folly Island in the siege of Charleston, during the winter encampment of Nov 1863 - Feb 1864, Civil War.
Their earthly remains lay long forgotten until rediscovered in May 1987. They were reburied at this site by the Community of Beaufort, May 29, 1989.
Erected 1989 by Community of Beaufort,.
Location. 32° 26.51′ N, 80° 40.748′ Touch for map. Markers located in Beaufort National Veterans Cemetery. 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. Address by President Lincoln (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); 1st SC Infantry Of African Descent (approx. 0.2 miles away); Beaufort (approx. 0.4 miles away); Beaufort Historic District (approx. 0.6 miles away); St. Helena's Church (approx. 0.6 miles away); Site of the Old Baptist Meeting House (approx. 0.6 miles away); St. Helena's Episcopal Church (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Baptist Church of Beaufort (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Beaufort.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Other monuments placed to honor the 54th and 55th Massachusetts Infantry.
Also see . . .
1. 55th Massachusetts. Regimental History : LWF Publications. (Submitted on March 22, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
2. History of famed 54th Mass. by Wikipedia (Submitted on March 22, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
On May 29, 1989, 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.(Wikipedia)
— Submitted January 24, 2013.
Categories. • African Americans • Cemeteries & Burial Sites • War, US Civil •
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