Civil War battlefield discovery: the Surgeon burial pit reveals soldiers’ remains, amputated limbs



Civil war discovery: the Surgeon burial pit revealed

Two civil war soldiers buried under a battlefield surgeon of the pit, found at Manassas National Battlefield Park in Virginia. The excavation shed some light on the two soldiers and the Second Battle of Bull Run.

The remains of two civil war soldiers was discovered in a surgeon buried pit at Manassas National Battlefield Park in Virginia.

“This is the first time in history that a surgeon put on a civil war battlefield has been professionally excavated and investigated,” stated the National Park Service, in a statement. “It is also the first time that a killed-in-action civil war soldiers are found in an amputated limb to be buried pit.”

The discovery was first made by the National Park Service in 2014. Officials then worked with forensic anthropologists at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History to excavate the site and recover the remains.


In addition to the soldiers’ remains, 11 amputated limbs were found in a hastily dug pit, the confirmation that it is the site of a field hospital. The complete remains belong to two White men in the age between 25 and 34 years old that died at the second battle of Manassas.

The first battle of Manassas took place on July 21, 1861. The second battle at Manassas took place between August 28 and 30, 1862. Both fights, (who were known as the first and second battles of Bull Run by the Union forces), resulted in Southern victories.

“One of the soldiers was found with a Enfield bullet still stuck in his upper thigh bone (femur),” stated the National Park Service, in his statement. “The other soldier was found, with three redundant lead hail. It is likely that a field surgeon determined that both soldiers had injuries too severe to be operated on, successfully.”


Experts are of the opinion that the soldiers are probably from the army of the Union, whereas Enfield bullets were used almost exclusively by the Confederate Army at the Second Battle of Manassas. Buttons of a Union jack were also found with the remains of the man who died of hail. Isotopes analyses by forensic anthropologists also showed the men consumed food and water from the Northeastern region, while their bones were formed.

The soldier will be buried at the Arlington National Cemetery later this year in the coffins built from a fallen tree from the battlefield. The dig will be the first in the cemetery Millennium Expansion, which plans to add nearly 30,000 burial sites and niche spaces to the site.

“Later this summer, we have the great honor to be among these unknown Soldiers by their fellow Soldiers in Arlington,” in a statement. “She lay to rest in our new Millennium Expansion as we commemorate their ultimate sacrifice, 156 years ago, during the Second Battle of Manassas.”


The american civil war sites and artifacts from the time, regularly providing a fresh glimpse of the bloody conflict. Earlier this year, a holidaymaker at a North Carolina beach captured drone footage of the civil war in the age of the shipwreck.

Last year, forensic linguists said that they probably unraveled the mystery surrounding a famous civil war-era letter, long believed to have been written by President Abraham Lincoln.

In 2015, the remains of an Employee of warship were raised from the Savannah River in Georgia. The following year, the wreck of a large iron-hulled civil war-era steamboat was discovered off the coast of North Carolina. The ship that was found off the Oak Island, N. C, has been provisionally identified as the blockade runner Agnes E. Fry.

Fox News’ Madeline Farber and the Associated Press contributed to this article.

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