25 Photos from Beaufort's Amazing Past

There is one thing the photograph must contain, the humanity of the moment – Robert Frank

Beaufort could tell a thousand stories, and lucky for us, we’ve had the chance to learn and share them over the years. But still, is there anything quite like seeing a photograph that captures the heart of a story? Scroll back to 3 years ago on your phone’s images – think about how they captured the zeitgeist of the moment (mine also captured the very 2016 trend of millennial pink).

So, how about we scroll back a little further  – here are 25 images from Beaufort’s notable past, brought to us by the Library of Congress:

Mock Battery made by the 79th New York Volunteers at Seabrook Point on the Coosaw River, December 1861

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General Isaac I. Stevens and staff on porch, ca. 1861 – 1862

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Beaufort Seaside by Sam A. Cooley, Tenth Army Corps, 1862

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Brothers Private Stephen D. and Private Moses M. Boynton, Beaufort District Troop, Cavalry Battalion, Hampton Legion, South Carolina, between 1861 and 1862

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Charles Street, ca. 1862

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Robert Barnwell Rhett’s House, 1862

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Building a Pontoon Bridge, March 1862

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Dress Parade of First South Carolina Volunteers, a regiment of African American soldiers formed in the fall of 1862

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View on Bay Street, between 1863 and 1865

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29th Regiment from Connecticut, 1864

29th Regiment from Connecticut

Saltus-Habersham House, ca. 1933

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John Cuthbert House, ca. 1933

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James Rhett House, ca. 1933

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Mckee-Smalls House, ca. 1933

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Sheldon Church Ruins, ca. 1933

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Entry of Beaufort Arsenal, ca. 1933

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Fruit and Vegetable Stand, ca. 1936

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Tomato packing plant on Lady’s Island, Summer 1936

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Lewis Hunter with his wife and family on Lady’s Island, Summer 1936

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Husband and wife with one day’s tomato pick, Summer 1936

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Tomotley Plantation lane, Sheldon, 1938

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U.S. Marine Corps glider detachment training camp, Parris Island, May 1942

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Students ready for flight in glider planes, Parris Island, May 1942

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Student ready for flight in Glider Plane, Parris Island, May 1942

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Trainee ready for flight, Parris Island, May 1942

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