BEAUFORT — A Confederate gravestone at Beaufort National Cemetery now has a name.

The Island Packet reported the marker is now engraved with the name of Private Haywood Treadwell. A 5-year-old North Carolina boy who carries the same last name and is one of Treadwell’s descendants unveiled the marker to about 100 people in a ceremony on Saturday.

Treadwell was from Sampson County, North Carolina, and a member of the 61st North Carolina volunteers fighting in the rifle pits at Battery Wagner on Morris Island when he was wounded and captured on Aug. 26, 1863. He died in a Union hospital in Beaufort 17 days later.

His identity remained a mystery until a Beaufort woman researching that hospital discovered in 2010 Treadwell may have been buried anonymously because of a misspelled name.


Information from: The Island Packet,