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CIVIL WAR SAILORS TO BE INTERRED

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Casualties from USS Monitor Sinking
By Harold Hutchison

The Department of the Navy announced that members of the public are invited to attend the interment of two crewmen recovered from the wreck of USS Monitor. The sailors were killed when the vessel sank on 31 December, 1862.

The sailors will be buried in Arlington National Cemetery with military honors on 8 March, to commemorate USS Monitor’s role in the Battle of Hampton Roads, during which it held off attacks by CSS Virginia. While the battle was a stalemate, the Confederates were later forced to scuttle CSS Virginia to prevent its capture by Union forces.

Those who desire to attend in period costume should be aware that cemetery regulations stipulate that no weapons, to include historic weapons, are allowed.