The remains of two Union soldiers found in the wreckage of the USS Monitor, which sank in a storm off the coast of North Carolina in 1862, are to be reburied in Arlington National Cemetery with full military honours.
The funeral, scheduled for March 8, will mark 40 years of research into the Monitor by the Navy, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Mariners’ Museum in Newport News, Va., and many other organizations.
And it will lay to rest perhaps the last of over 600,000 soldiers, sailors and Marines who perished in the long ago war for the Union. The nation is currently commemorating the sesquicentennial of the war, which ran from 1861 to 1865.
Story: Michael E. Ruane, Washington Post | Photo: Library of Congress