|Death: ||Oct. 8, 1864|
Thomas Becraft is buried in Charleston SC. He died in the Civil War on Oct 8, 1864 as a prisoner of war. Thomas Becraft was buried in what was called Charleston Race Course Cemetery and then was reinterred at the Beaufort National Cemetery, SC.in 1880
Memorial Day was started by former slaves on May, 1, 1865, in Charleston, S.C., to honor 257 dead Union soldiers who had been buried in a mass grave in an upscale race track converted into a Confederate prison camp. They dug up the bodies and worked for two weeks to give them a proper burial as gratitude for fighting for their freedom. They then held a parade of 10,000 people led by 3,000 Black children, where they marched, sang and celebrated.
Private,(Union) Co. C, 24th KY Infantry. Born 1822 in Bath County, KY, the son of Benjamin Franklin & Mary "Polly" (Fowler) Becraft. He married Ellen Sanders on 4 Jan 1853 in Bath Co., KY. Thomas & Ellen had three children: Mary E., Sarah & Willis. He enlisted 24 Oct `61 and was captured 5 June `64 at Big Chanty, GA. Died 8 Oct 1864 of Scorbutus at Charleston, SC. Also borne as J. B. Craft as published in the New York Newspaper.
Benjamin Franklin Becraft (1779 - 1833)
Ellen Sanders Becraft (1835 - 1900)
Sarah Rebecca Becraft Dennis (1858 - 1895)*
William Willis Becraft (1859 - 1910)*
Beaufort National Cemetery
South Carolina, USA
Created by: Carol Leeper Albrecht
Record added: Aug 27, 2011
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