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N.Y. soldier's remains to be sent home from Antietam

September 09, 2009

SHARPSBURG -- Nearly a year after the remains of a New York soldier were found on Antietam National Battlefield, they will be taken to the Empire State for burial.

John Howard, superintendent of Antietam National Battlefield, said Wednesday that a 30-minute transfer ceremony will take place Tuesday at the Antietam National Cemetery Lodge at the cemetery's main entrance.

The remains of the unidentified soldier from New York will be accepted by the New York Army National Guard. They will be taken to Saratoga National Cemetery in Saratoga, N.Y., for interment with full military honors Thursday at 10 a.m., Howard said in a prepared release.

The young soldier was killed in action at Miller's cornfield during the Battle of Antietam on Sept. 17, 1862.

A visitor to the battlefield discovered the remains in October 2008. A detailed archaeological evaluation was conducted, after which the remains and recovered artifacts were sent to the Smithsonian Institution for further evaluation, the release says.

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It was confirmed that the soldier, who was between 17 and 19 years old, fought with a New York unit, the release says. He was buried in the cornfield portion of the battlefield within days of the battle and his remains were not recovered during the reburial process in 1866.

Howard said the public may attend Tuesday's ceremony. He asked that visitors park in the National Cemetery parking lot on Md. 34.

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What: Transfer ceremony for remains of a New York soldier who died during the Battle of Antietam.

When: Tuesday, 9 a.m.

Where: Antietam National Cemetery main entrance, 302 E. Main St., Sharpsburg.

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