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Historians survey Confederate cemetery for Union graves


October 19, 2018

COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) — Gary Lancaster leaned over the computer set out in Friendship Cemetery among clusters of land surveying equipment the afternoon of Oct. 12.

On the screen in front of him was a rough underground map of the grave sites of about 1,000 soldiers who died in Columbus after the Battle of Shiloh in 1862 — soldiers whose lives and deaths he's been researching for years.

"Should have had a different major in college," he later said wistfully. "... I majored in engineering, but I'd have had more fun in archaeology."

It was the second day of a project initiated by the researc...

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