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Unmarked Gettysburg Grave Volume 49 Number 6, November/December 1996
by Allison Brugg

Human remains discovered by a visitor to the Gettysburg National Military Park are probably those of a Civil War soldier, according to National Park Service (NPS) archaeologists who excavated the body near an embankment where heavy fighting took place during the first day of the Battle of Gettysburg.

NPS archaeologist Kristen Stevens says the remains belong to a young, white male buried in great haste. A .69 caliber musket ball, pieces of lead shot, and a glass button were found nearby. Arm bones found next to skull fragments indicate that the body was deposited in a natural trench and covered over. The artifacts will become part of the park's permanent Civil War collection, while the remains will be interred, possibly in the Gettysburg National Cemetery.

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