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Lynchburg effort seeks to find, ID unmarked graves

Monday - 4/22/2013, 8:40am  ET

LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) -- Archaeologists are working to find and identify the unmarked graves of Confederate soldiers in Lynchburg's historic Old City Cemetery.

Media outlets report that about 50 graves were discovered Friday in the cemetery's Confederate section. More graves are expected to be found.

Cemetery archivist and curator Ted Delaney says cemetery officials will try to match the gravesites with paper records that still exist. He hopes to place individual markers on each grave.

An inscription on a monument in the Confederate section says the graves are those of Confederate soldiers who died of smallpox.

The cemetery opened in 1806.


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