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Beaufort National Cemetery, Beaufort

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Beaufort National Cemetery is a United States National Cemetery located in Beaufort County, in the city of Beaufort, South Carolina. Managed by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, it encompasses, and as of 2014, had over 19,000 interments.HistoryThe 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. Battlefield casualties from around the area were also reinterred in the cemetery, including over 100 Confederate soldiers. It became a National Cemetery with the National Cemetery Act by Abraham Lincoln in 1863. The remains of 27 Union prisoners of war were reinterred from Blackshear Prison following the war.Beaufort National Cemetery now has interments from every major American conflict, including the Spanish–American War, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and the Gulf War.
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  • Look, this is a free attraction that you should stop in and see when in Beaufort. It's such a wonderful piece of history and a beautiful resting place for those that served this country and even those...  more »
  • As with any cemetery, you are respectful. Viewing this National site makes you think of the history in front of you and the people living and dying during such. It is good for any American to make thi...  more »
  • Small national cemetery with Union and Confederate soldiers plus veterans from all the other wars. Well kept, peaceful and easy to walk to from Bay Street.  more »
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  • My wife & I visited the Beaufort National Cemetery and found it very nicely laid out and well maintained. The custodian was very helpful. Because this is a military cemetery the graves are, of course, very uniform; however, on the "back" of many you can find some good quotes, such as "Did it my way" and "Gone Fishing", as well as one which said "Gone to Hell". G.I.'s & soldiers have such a sense of humor, and I am for some the quote were not ones they chose - instead they were chose for them either randomly by some V.A. official, or family to best represent the soldier. Expect very hot and muggy conditions from late spring to late fall, and DO bring mosquito repellent as the beautiful live oaks pretty much stifle any breeze. Also take a wander outside the cemetery & patrol the perimeter to find some wonderful examples of old Southern architecture. Across the street facing the cemetery in a little neck of woods is another old cemetery, not very well maintained, if maintained at all. A civilian construction, it is well worth the photo hound's or gravestone rubbing enthusiast.
  • We really enjoyed our trip here. The grave finder was easy to use, the grounds are well kept and the history you find there is fascinating. Even being in the middle of Beaufort, the road noise didn't bother us at all.
  • Very beautiful Cemetery my dad was buried in 1991 and my mother was buried in 2011 very good people taking care of the grounds around there
  • it beautiful and i am from South Carolina born and raised I want this to be my final resting place for me and my wife. need more information.
  • My wife's father is laid to rest here and we are so proud of BNC for accepting his WWII honorable service with the US Army. There's not many places in which a black man who served his country can rest in dignity and peace while being honored by his country. We loved him and miss him and may God continue to bless his soul. Thank you Lord for all our great land and National Cemeteries but especially the Beaufort National Cemetery.

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