Civil War soldier’s remains to be reburied in Springfield

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The remains of a Civil War soldier will be reburied in a southwest Missouri cemetery four years after they were illegally removed from a national battlefield site.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs says the reburial is planned for Saturday at the Springfield National Cemetery. The ceremony will feature an honor guard made up of Union and Confederate volunteers and re-enactors, along with three volleys of musket fire.

The soldier’s bones were collected in 2011 as a man was canoeing through the Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield Site. The man saw a bone sticking out of an embankment and began digging. About 10 days later, he turned the bones into the National Park Service. It’s not known whether the remains belonged to a Union or Confederate soldier.

 

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