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Now What: Civil War Burials
2/18/2011
Today when soldiers are killed in action, the bodies are sent home for burial. I have an ancestor from New Hampshire who was killed in action in Virginia during the Civil War. Where were the bodies buried back then?
Q. Today when soldiers are killed in action, the bodies are sent home for burial. I have an ancestor from New Hampshire who was killed in action in Virginia during the Civil War. Where were the bodies buried back then?

A. Typically, because of the magnitude of the carnage, the fallen from both sides were buried on or near the battlefield sites. Most of these graveyards are now national cemeteries, and this issue's top 10 list of Civil War websites can help you find your ancestor in those graveyards.

The Department of Veterans Affairs' site searches for those buried in VA national cemeteries across the country, including soldiers from the Civil War.

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