Speech to Text for Hunt begins for buried Union soldiers
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and i'm emily leonard. the friendship cemetery in columbus is where the observance of memorial day started. historians say that in 1866 a group of ladies decorated the graves of confederate soldiers which led to the observance. but what about the union soldiers that may have been buried there? wayne hereford reports. natsot 'one of the things here in this cemetary is that columbus was a major hospital center here in the civil war after the battle of shiloh." and that in essence is part of the reason why researchers believe there are bodies of union soldiers buried here in unmarked graves. there is an area here in the cemetary where at first they thought there were poor people buried. but that has changed. "that didn't quite fit because sanfill cemetary about two miles from here is the indigent cemetary.,and then carolyn coy found this1877 newspaper article that at decoration day they were still decorating the unmarked union graves in the far corner of the cemetary next to the confederate graves.and we realized, there's still union graves here." so starting in the fall a search will begin to find if those soldiers lie beneath this plot. 'well i think that's significant because normally what happened is that soldiers from both sides were notburied next to each other they were buried in seperate areas." he also says its possible there are african-american soldiers buried here as well. the search will include the use of modern technology.