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A Blog Remembering the Men and Women of the American Civil War, North & South, people, faces, and a unique culture we will never see again. Photos and stories about the people that lived it, including African American Photographs, pre civil war photos and the period in cultural history that began just after the civil war. The historical info, photos and documents in this blog reflect the attitudes, perspectives, and beliefs of different times. This blog does not endorse the views expressed in some posts, which may contain materials offensive to some readers, you cannot compare the beliefs and ethical values of the people of the 1800's to the standards of today.
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The events of the war, and the men of the war, are fast fading from the public attention. Its history is growing to be an “Old, Old Story.” Public interest is weakening day by day. The memory of march, and camp, and battle-field, of the long and manly endurance, of the superb and uncomplaining courage, of the mass of sacrifice that redeemed the Nation, is fast dying out. Those who rejoice in the liberty and peace secured by the soldier’s suffering and privation, accept the benefits, but deny or forget the benefactor-1877 National Tribune.
The Last Civil War Soldiers To be Buried at Arlington March 8, 2013-Reconstructed Faces of the Two Skulls Found on the Monitor
The remains of two crew members of the Civil War ironclad USS Monitor will be interned at Arlington National Cemetery on Friday. They probably will be the last Civil War sailors to be buried there.
"They sailed out in 1862 and never made it home, and now they’re finally being laid to rest 150 years later." -David Alberg, superintendent of the Monitor sanctuary.
The two Union men, discovered when the intact Monitor turret was dredged from the sea in 2002, were part of the 62 man crew. Sixteen of those sailors lost at sea when the ship capsized and sank off Cape Hatteras on December 31, 1862.
The Monitor is most known for its battle with CSS Virginian (formerly the USS Merrimack) at Hampton Roads, Virginia on March 8, the anniversary date of the planned interment. JPAC was able to narrow down possible descendants of the unknown Sailors to 30 family members from 10 different families.
"The decision to lay these heroes to rest in Arlington, honors not only these two men but all those who died the night Monitor sank and reminds us, that the sacrifices made a hundred and fifty years ago, will never be forgotten by this nation", said David Alberg, Superintendent of NOAA’s Monitor National Marine Sanctuary -