Beaufort National Cemetery

1601 Boundary St., Beaufort, South Carolina


Beaufort National Cemetery, Wall

Late afternoon view of the interior of the easternmost wall section to be removed

Photo from the Historic American Landscape Survey

View photos at Library of Congress


Street View 


Beaufort was one of the earliest places in the country to be assigned as a National Cemetery site. Congress in the Act of July 17, 1862 authorized the President of the United States (then President Abraham Lincoln) "to purchase cemetery groundsÂ… to be used as a national cemetery for soldiers who shall have died in the services of the country." This act enabled the President to purchase and locate cemeteries for Union Soldiers as needed without much oversight by the Congress. The Beaufort National Cemetery consisted of 28.9 acres, which were part of a 64-acre tract of land known as "Polly's Grove." This tract was acquired at a tax sale on March 11, 1863 and the Attorney General approved title of the property on March 25, 1869. The cemetery is not only significant for its association with the Civil War, but it is also important for having the remains of veterans connected to each of the major wars up to the Persian Gulf War. The cemetery was listed in the National Register of Historic Places as part of a multiple property submission of Civil War Era National Cemeteries in 1997 written by Therese T. Sammartino, Staff Assistant, National Cemetery System. -- Historic American Landscapes Survey

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on October 10, 1997
Reference number
Architectural styles
Colonial; Other architectural type; Dutch Colonial
Area of significance
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
A - Event
Property type
Historic function
Current function
Periods of significance
1800-1824; 1825-1849; 1850-1874; 1875-1899; 1900-1924; 1925-1949
Significant years
1863; 1869; 1934
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 2
Contributing structures: 2
Contributing sites: 1
Contributing objects: 3
Non-contributing structures: 1
Non-contributing objects: 1

Update Log 

  • December 2, 2019: New photos from Michael Miller
  • June 16, 2014: Updated by Michael Miller: Corrected "GPS Coordinates" and Added "Street View"