SHARPSBURG, Md. (AP) — An unknown Civil War soldier began his journey home to New York state Tuesday, nearly a year after a visitor to the Antietam National Battlefield spotted his remains in a cornfield that saw the fiercest fighting of the war.

During a 15-minute ceremony at the battlefield cemetery, park superintendent John W. Howard placed a small wooden box containing about 400 bone fragments, 13 uniform buttons, a U.S. belt buckle and some scraps of fabric and leather inside a period-appropriate pine coffin donated by an Albany-area funeral home.

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Photo credit: AP, National Park Service rangers carry the remains of a Civil War soldier believed to have been from New York

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