Unknown dead of Monitor to be buried at Arlington

Ten years after two skeletons were found in the turret of the wrecked Civil War USS Monitor, the remains will be buried at Arlington Cemetery on March 8, according to an announcement by U.S. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus.

The Monitor sank in a storm on New Year’s Eve, 1862 off Cape Hatteras, N.C. while it was under tow. Its 120-ton turret was lifted from the ocean in 2002.

Using facial reconstruction, the Navy released photos last year of the men as they may have looked in 1862 when the Monitor went down in rough seas, killing a total of 16 crew members. Sixty-two men survived. Despite the Navy’s best efforts, the names of the men found in the turret have not been learned.

The Monitor and the CSS Virginia (previously the USS Merrimac) met in the first ever battle between two ironclads at Hampton Roads on March 8, 1862. They fought to a standstill before the Virginia retired.

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