Beaufort National Cemetery
To some, the thought of visiting a cemetery conjures ideas of fright, sadness and morbid thoughts. Quite the contrary, a venture to the Beaufort National Cemetery can be one of the most spiritually and emotional experiences you can have. Few places evoke such an emotionally bonding and spiritually inner peace experience.
Just walking and looking around, perhaps sitting among the stones, listening as the breeze rustle the leaves and allowing your mind to drift puts in perspective the enormous sacrifice these soldiers made for us.. the sacrifice of their life for their belief.. a better life for us, and our children.
The National Cemetery was established in 1863 by President Abraham Lincoln as the final resting place for soldiers who lost their lives in the Civil War. Here is home to over 7,500 Civil War heroes, including 4019 unknown Union and 117 known confederate soldiers. Over 6,500 soldiers from many other wars, including the Spanish American War, the Korean, Vietnam and the Persian Gulf conflicts are also at peace here. Grounds are open daily from 8:00 am - sunset. Office hours are from 8am - 4:30 pm M-F. Office is closed on federal holidays except Memorial & Veterans Day. Office phone is (843)-524-3925. Location: 1601 Boundary Street.
Some of the Notable Persons
Private Ralph H. Johnson, (Medal of Honor - Vietnam), Master Sergeant Joseph Simmons, (Legion of Honor Medal - three fronts in France), and Colonel Donald Conroy, ("The Great Santini") are interned here.
On May 29, 1989, nineteen Union soldiers of the all black Massachusetts 55 th. Infantry, (remains were found on Folly Island, SC in 1987), were buried here with full military honors.
Also a German POW, Gerd Reussel, a crewman off the submarine U-Ratke, sunk off of Cape Lookout, NC by the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Icarus in 1942, is interred here. He died while en route to Charleston, SC. The remaining 33 survivors were held as POW's.