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Mystery of Civil War Soldier buried in Beaufort, S.C. solved by historian

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Last week the identity of “the only unknown Confederate Soldier buried in the Beaufort National Cemetery” was finally confirmed.

Pvt. Haywood Treadwell of Sampson County, N.C., has a new gravestone in the historic ceremony and on May 10, there will be a public unveiling.

The cemetery, which was originally established for Union Troops, has the remains of some 117 Confederate Soldiers interred there.

According to The Historic Beaufort Foundation, Treadwell, severely wounded defending Battery Wagner in 1863, was taken to a Union hospital in Beaufort where he later succumbed to his injuries.

During the Civil War, the William Wigg Barnwell House in Beaufort had been converted to a hospital and it was there that records were found that solved the mystery of the unnamed Soldier.

Local historian, Penelope Holme Parker, discovered old hospital records in a cardboard box in the 200 year-old antebellum home. Those records list Pvt. Treadwell incorrectly as “Heyward” not Haywood and because of the error he was buried with a headstone marked “unknown.”

Pvt. Treadwell was a member of the 61st Volunteers.

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