For the Sake of the Living : A Civil War Battlefield Burial

Benjamin Resnick, Douglas Owsley, and Susan Frankenberg
This book reports on the archeological recovery and analysis of a Civil War battlefield burial identified along the eroded south bank of the railroad cut in the northern portion of Gettysburg National Military Park. The location of the burial site suggests that the individual was likely killed during intense fighting on the first day's battle: July 1, 1863. Skeletal elements recovered from the excavation include, in part, portions of the skull, teeth, and several long bones in addition to numerous small unidentifiable fragments. In combination with bone previously collected in this area, approximately 60 to 70 percent of the body was represented. The excavation, analysis, and interpretation of the burial will be reviewed within the context of the treatment of battlefield dead and the Union and Confederate engagement in this area.

The reburial ceremony on July 1, 1997 at Gettysburg Soldiers' National Cemetery, with full military honors, was attended by as many as 4,000 people and captured national attention.

This book reports on the archeological recovery and analysis of a Civil War battlefield burial identified along the eroded south bank of the railroad cut in the northern portion of Gettysburg National Military Park.
This book reports on the archeological recovery and analysis of a Civil War battlefield burial identified along the eroded south bank of the railroad cut in the northern portion of Gettysburg National Military Park.

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