Among those buried with military honors yesterday at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., was one Civil War veteran whose remains had been unclaimed and left at a funeral home for more than six decades.
Union Pvt. George McCarthy was 102 when he died in 1946. According to an article by reporter Tim Linn in the Leavenworth Times, McCarthy was a Canadian by birth but joined the army in 1864, taking the place of another man. He served as a clerk until he was discharged in 1865. Little else is known about him.
His remains were stored at a Kansas City funeral home until found through a nationwide volunteer program, Missing in America Project, dedicated to searching for the remains of veterans who had not been properly buried.