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Re-interred 19 African-American Civil War Volunteers / Memorial Day May 29, 1989

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Location: in Beaufort National Veterans Cemetery, Beaufort, SC
County: Beaufort
Coordinates: N 32° 26.51    W 080° 40.748
  32.44183333    -80.67913333
Style: Mounted **


Memorial Day
May 29, 1989

(Tablet One)
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

(Tablet Two)
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.

1989 by Community of Beaufort.