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American Artifacts: USS Monitor Sailors’ Burial

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March 8, 2013 at Arlington National Cemetery

March 8, 2013 at Arlington National Cemetery

Arlington, Virginia
Sunday, April 7, 2013

Two Civil War sailors who went down with the USS Monitor ironclad off the coast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina in 1862 are interred in a full military honors funeral at Arlington National Cemetery.

The remains of the sailors were recovered by NOAA - the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration - and the U.S. Navy in 2002. In this American Artifacts, we'll learn the history of the Monitor; and the effort to identify the remains of the recovered sailors, and observe portions of the burial.  We spoke with NOAA's David Alberg, who is superintendent of the Monitor National Marine Sanctuary.

Updated: Monday, April 8, 2013 at 1:09am (ET)

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