b. 1832 France. d. 15/09/1897 Colorado.
DATE OF MOH ACTION: 20/05/1863 Port Hudson, Louisiana.
Jean J. Beaufort was born in 1832 in France. He later immigrated to the United States and became known as John Joseph Beaufort. Beaufort was living in New Orleans, Louisiana when the Civil War broke out. After the Union captured New Orleans, Beaufort volunteered for service in the Union army, joining the 2nd Louisiana Regiment Infantry at around May 20, 1863.
When the 2nd Louisiana Infantry approached Port Hudson, Beaufort volunteered to take a party of eight people behind enemy lines to destroy a signal station; he succeeded, giving the Union a key advantage in the impending Siege of Port Hudson. Thirty four years later on 20 July 1897, Beaufort was awarded the Medal of Honor for leading the assault on the signal station.
Volunteered to go within the enemy’s lines and at the head of a party of 8 destroyed a signal station, thereby greatly aiding in the operations against Port Hudson that immediately followed.
BURIAL LOCATION: ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY, ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA.
SECTION 13, GRAVE 13784
LOCATION OF MEDAL: UNKNOWN.