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 NYS Soldier Unknown

NYS Soldier Unknown

Death 17 Sep 1862
Sharpsburg, Washington County, Maryland, USA
Burial Schuylerville, Saratoga County, New York, USA
Plot Sect. 7, Plot 124
Memorial ID 42020486 · View Source
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October 2008 a lone hiker at the Antietam Battlefield in Sharpsburg, Maryland noticed something in a pile of dislodged dirt from a gopher hole. He brought the small fragment to the attention of the Park Ranger and discovered the small fragment was a human bone.

An archeological dig unearthed 401 additional bone fragments that revealed this was a young soldier between the ages of 17 and 19 when he died. He fought in the early morning hours of September 17, 1862 during the morning conflict near Millers farm in the infamous "Cornfield". The battle raged on until days end when more than 23,000 Americans would lose their lives. This was the single bloodiest day during the Civil War and American history.
He was a Union soldier fighting in a veteran New York State regiment. Four New York State Excelsior buttons on his jacket were replaced by U.S. general service buttons. This was a state jacket not a federal issue. He also wore a U.S. belt plate. The soldier could have been from one of 15 or 20 New York units fighting in Sharpsburg that day.

The bone fragments, teeth, buttons and belt plate were placed in a special Walnut box created from a tree on the Antietam Battlefield and placed inside a replica period pine casket to be returned home. September 15th, 2009 the soldier's remains were released by the National Park Service at Antietam to the New York State Division of Military and Naval Affairs. The soldier was taken home.

September 16th, 2009 the "Unknown Soldier" lay in state at the New York State Military Museum on Lake Street in Saratoga Springs with a two-man honor guard. One was a New York National Guard soldier and the other was a re-enactor dressed as a Civil War soldier from the 125th New York Volunteer Infantry. A 35 star American Flag covered the casket.

On the evening of September 16th, 2009 a religious service of Christian burial was held by the Sons of Civil War Veterans, Col. George L. Willard Camp 154 of Albany, NY.
On the morning of September 17th, 2009 the "Unknown Soldier" remains left the museum under military escort to the Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery in the town of Saratoga. His remains were transferred at the cemetery from the New York State Military and Naval Affairs hearse to a waiting period horse drawn hearse and taken to Shelter One for the official Christian burial with full military honors.

An unidentified Union Soldier from New York State. He was killed in the Battle of Antietam, in the first days of the Civil War. His remains were discovered near the battlefield in 2008. He was returned to New York for burial on the 147th anniversary of the battle, Sept. 17th 2009.

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  • Created by: Robert Fickies
  • Added: 16 Sep 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 42020486
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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for NYS Soldier Unknown (unknown–17 Sep 1862), Find A Grave Memorial no. 42020486, citing Gerald B. H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Schuylerville, Saratoga County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Robert Fickies (contributor 46492489) .