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Headstone arrives for Revolutionary War casualty

The headstone, complete with a colonial flag, sits in the cemetery of the Parish House of St. Helena's. Wilkins was mortally wounded in the Battle of Port Royal Island, also known as the Battle of Grays Hill, on Feb. 3, 1779. Records showed that he died in Beaufort the next day. He was 35.
The headstone, complete with a colonial flag, sits in the cemetery of the Parish House of St. Helena's. Wilkins was mortally wounded in the Battle of Port Royal Island, also known as the Battle of Grays Hill, on Feb. 3, 1779. Records showed that he died in Beaufort the next day. He was 35. BOB SOFALY | The Beaufort Gazette

It's been 231 years since Lt. Benjamim Wilkins was buried in the graveyard of St. Helena's Church in Beaufort, now Parish Church of St. Helena. It appears his grave was never marked, but that changed Tuesday. Through the efforts of his descendants, a headstone arrived, paid for by the Veterans Administration. Lt. Wilkins' family will properly honor him Saturday.

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