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No answers for family's questions about Civil War unknowns
Army officials reject requests to conduct DNA testing
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In this Sept. 6, 2018 photo, the 3rd Infantry Regiment, also known as the Old Guard, stretch the American flag over the casket containing the remains of one of two unknown Civil War Union soldiers at their grave at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va. The U.S. Army is being criticized for reburying the remains of two recently discovered Civil War soldiers without conducting DNA testing. - photo by Associated Press
ARLINGTON, Va. — When Paul Davis heard earlier this year that the complete remains of two Civil War soldiers had been uncovered recently at Manassas National Battlefield, mixed among severed limbs in a surgeon's pit, he immediately wondered: Could that be his great-great uncle William, who died at the Second Battle of Bull Run, but whose bones had been lost to history?
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