Lt. Gen. Richard H. Anderson was one of Robert E. Lee's best but most humble corps commanders, rarely seeking the accolades that lesser generals craved from Lee. He lost everything at war's end, so poor he could not afford the 50-cent train fare to visit his wife's grave in Charleston. He died in 1879, just weeks after being recognized while working as a common laborer in Beaufort.

Anderson's tombstone, donated by a former Confederate officer and surrounded by an iron fence donated by a Union officer, is in St. Helena Episcopal Church cemetery, at 501 Church St. in Beaufort. The grave is directly behind the church.