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Alumni Brandon Bies works to excavate the bones of Civil War soldiers

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Brandon S. Bies, now the superintendent of Manassas National Battlefield Park, works in 2015 to excavated the bones of Civil War soldiers. (Kate D. Sherwood/Smithsonian Institution)

​The bullet probably hit the Union soldier as he was fleeing. It may have struck his cartridge box first, which sent it tumbling through the muscle of his right buttock, broke his right leg and buried itself sideways in his thigh bone just below the hip.

The discovery, on the battlefield just north of Manassas, Va., is extraordinary, experts said.

“As an archaeologist . . . it’s exciting,” said Brandon S. Bies, who brought the bone out of the pit. “As a human being, lifting the leg of an American soldier and holding the bone with the bullet that killed him, it’s an emotional experience.”- an excerpt from the article. Click here to read the full Washington Post article.

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