Civil War Remains to Receive Arlington Burial

A femur, which was found in a Civil War-era limb pit on the grounds of the Manassas National Battlefield Park in Virginia, was displayed at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C.

WASHINGTON — The bones of two Union soldiers killed at the Civil War’s Second Battle of Bull Run will be laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery on Sept. 6, the cemetery said Monday.

The men will be the first burials in the cemetery’s new 27-acre section and will be accorded a military funeral with honors and escort, spokeswoman Kerry Meeker, said in an e-mail.

The National Park Service has said the two men, who were found in a burial or ‘‘limb pit’’ on the battlefield, were Northern soldiers. But they have yet to be identified and will be buried as unknowns, Meeker said.

Evidence of the pit, which contained the two skeletons and amputated limbs of 11 other individuals, was discovered in 2014 during excavation for a utility line. But it was not fully examined until 2015, the Park Service said.

Officials revealed details of the find in June, calling it a one-of-a-kind discovery.

The battle is also known as the Battle of Second …

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