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Revolutionary-era soldier’s skull found

The skull of an American soldier who died on a British prison ship will be reburied after undergoing forensic study.

A 1907 catalog of the New Haven County Historical Society listed several rare and odd items, including a necklace from an Egyptian mummy, slave chains, a small block of wood from the Old South Bridge in Concord, Mass., which the British guarded at the start of the Revolutionary War.

But lot 23 in the inventory — “a skull of an American soldier, one of 42 who died of the 200 in a destitute and sickly condition that were brought from a British prison ship … and suddenly cast upon the shore of the town of Milford on the 1st of January, 1777” — has sparked contemporary patriots to ride to the rescue.

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