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We're watching American civil war history playing out in real time today as soon navy sailors from the USS monitor.
Are being buried at Arlington national cemetery the men were among the crew who died aboard the legendary union battleship.
When it sank in rough -- more than a century and a half ago Trace Gallagher is live our West Coast -- -- -- You know in fact it was a 151 years ago tomorrow -- that the union ship USS monitor fought the confederate ship Merrimack to -- dry the battle of the Hampton roads right that was a great battle.
Now nine months after that battle the monitor sank in rough seas off Cape Hatteras.
And sixteen men died -- those 2002 in fact it lay there for almost a 130 years 1973 they found it.
But in 2002 the monitors -- was brought to the surface and two skeletons.
And the tattered remains of their uniforms were actually inside.
And for the past decade researchers have been using DNA testing and facial reconstruction.
To try and figure out the identity of the sailors they'd narrowed it down.
-- six of the sixteen sailors and after a major push by this descendants of the sailors the national Oceanic and atmospheric agency or no up.
And the US monitor sanctuary the government has now agreed to bury this sailors -- Arlington national ceremony with full honors now.
I mention the -- Remains have been -- -- six out of the sixteen.
All of the descendants from the sixteen families will be invited -- this in fact the navy secretary ray -- says this is a huge honor because these may be the last.
Navy personnel from the civil war ever to be buried at Arlington national cemetery this is fascinating.
And the ceremony begins at 4 o'clock eastern time today Alley.
Really really an amazing that it is amazing an amazing with -- -- -- that facial reconstruction technology those were.
Were interesting images thanks stress.
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