Soldier killed in Civil War to be buried in Saratoga
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) - A New Yorker who died at the bloody battle of Antietam during the Civil War is coming home for burial.
The remains of the unknown soldier will be brought to the New York State Military Museum in Saratoga Springs on Sept. 16. He'll be buried at the Saratoga National Cemetery with full military honors on Sept. 17, the 147th anniversary of the Battle of Antietam.
The soldier's remains -- bone fragments, a belt buckle, and a metal button -- were discovered in an area of the Antietam Battlefield called "the Cornfield" by a hiker in October 2008.
The iron uniform button's design, particular to New York State volunteer regiments, identified the remains as being those of a New Yorker.
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