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12/15/04

"Battery Saxton" Commemorated in Beaufort

A piece of history is being preserved for future generations in the Low Country. Today, the Historic Beaufort Foundation put up a new marker along Boundary Street commemorating the tract as a Civil War site. The site, now called Battery Saxton, is named after Union general Rufus Saxton, who commanded Union troops stationed in Beaufort during the war.

This is a piece of history many worked years to preserve. "Its all that's left," said organizer Gen. George Crist. "It's a small piece and we've worked five years to save it from development like Wendy's and fast food places, and thanks to people in Columbia and to the city, we've managed to do it and we've kept this thing for the citizens and their children mainly."

Although some of the historical significance of the site has been destroyed over the years, there are still remnants from the war.

Reported by: Jaime Dailey, jdailey@wtoc.com

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