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Unclaimed Civil War vets interred with 4 others as Arlington Cemetery dedicates columbarium

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    Honor guard members carry the remains of Army Pvt Lycurgus McCormack, a Civil War veteran, in white urn, Marine Pfc. Albert Klatt, a WWII veteran, in red urn, and Navy Seaman 2nd Class Peter Schwartz, during committal services at Arlington National Cemetery on Thursday, May 9, 2013 in Arlington, Va. Arlington National Cemetery dedicated its ninth columbarium court by conducting a joint full honors committal service for six unclaimed remains of veterans from all branches of the Armed Forces. (AP Photo/Kevin Wolf) (The Associated Press)

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    A caisson carries the remains of U.S. Army 1st Lt. Zuinglius K. McCormack, a Civil War veteran, during committal services at Arlington National Cemetery on Thursday, May 9, 2013 in Arlington, Va. Arlington National Cemetery dedicated its ninth columbarium court by conducting a joint full honors committal service for six unclaimed remains of veterans from all branches of the Armed Forces. (AP Photo/Kevin Wolf) (The Associated Press)

The cremated remains of two Civil War soldiers from Indiana have been given a final resting place at Arlington National Cemetery.

The soldiers were brothers and their remains had sat on a funeral home shelf for more than 100 years, unclaimed and largely forgotten.

On Thursday, the national cemetery dedicated a new columbarium court designed to hold the cremated remains of more than 20,000 eligible service members and family. It is the ninth columbarium court at Arlington, where roughly 400,000 are interred.

The first six remains to be interred at the court were recovered by the Missing In America Project, a Grants Pass, Ore.-based organization that seeks unclaimed remains of veterans and arranges burials. Arlington's director, Kathryn Condon, says the service was the ideal way to dedicate the new court.

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