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Remains of Civil War soldiers unearthed in surgeon’s pit at Manassas NBP; will be reburied

Cut down by enemy fire during the Second Battle of Manassas more than 150 years ago, battlefield surgeons couldn't mend the soldiers' wounds, and soon they were laid to rest in a pit into which amputated limbs were tossed for burial. 

Believed to be Union soldiers due to the fact that an Enfield bullet, typically fired by Confederate forces, was lodged within one of the men's femurs, the remains removed from a battlefield surgeon’s pit at Manassas National Battlefield Park will be reburied with honors at Arlington National Cemetery later this year in coffins fashioned from a downed tree taken from the battlefield in Virginia.



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