Brigadier General Stephen Elliott, Jr.


Brigadier General Stephen Elliott, Jr. is well remembered by Stephen Elliott Chapter, United Daughters of the Confederacy, as one of Beaufort County’s ablest soldiers of the Confederacy. A life-size portrait of General Elliott hangs in the Beaufort Museum. There is a Stephen Elliott Park on Bay Street and a marble obelisk in St. Helena’s Episcopal Churchyard, which marks his grave.
Elliott served as lieutenant and later, captain, of the Beaufort Volunteer Artillery. In the fall of 1863 he was promoted to major and was chosen by General Beauregard to command Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor. After eight months, he was transferred to Petersburg, Virginia; however, he left Fort Sumter a “formidable bastion, armed with six heavy guns and furnishing comfortable quarters for 300 men”.
While on duty in Virginia, Elliott was promoted to brigadier general. He was severely wounded in the Battle of the Crater. Following his recovery, he participated in two more actions, Averysboro and Bentonville, in which he was again badly wounded . With the end of the hostilities, General Elliott returned to his plantation home  on Parris Island.  This noble soldier later died of his wounds on February 21, 1866 in Aiken, SC.