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Auction of Civil War soldier's skull canceled

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The skull of a Civil War soldier will not go on the auction block as planned, but will be buried with full military honors in the national cemetery at Gettysburg where the solider was reportedly killed.

Gettysburg National Military Park spokeswoman Katie Lawhon said the soldier's remains were donated to the Gettysburg Foundation late Monday after an outpouring of concern from people across the nation.

The skull and other artifacts reportedly were found on a Gettysburg farm in 1949.

Lawhon said Estate Auction Company planned to sell the collection for an anonymous owner Tuesday at a Hagerstown, Maryland hotel, but the unprecedented outcry overwhelmed organizers and, according to the hotel manager, included threats of a riot.

Late in the afternoon Monday, the hotel manager contacted the park on behalf of the auctioneers to offer the donation of the remains for a respectful burial in Soldier's National Cemetery, Lawhon said.

"We are thankful to have the opportunity to honor what is very likely an American veteran and have his final resting place recognized," Ed W. Clark, superintendent of Gettysburg National Military Park, said in a news release. "The outpouring of support, passion and concern from American citizens made the difference and a positive outcome was achieved."

The remains are now in storage at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center pending verification of their authenticity.

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