Auction of Civil War Soldier's Remains Sparks Outrage, Bidding Canceled

- WASHINGTON COUNTY, Md. - The skull of a Civil War solider was expected to be auctioned off at the Best Western Grand Venice Hotel in Hagerstown on Tuesday. 

"In my opinion though, like the National Park Service told me, it should have a proper burial," said professional auctioneer Tom Taylor. "That's the significance of this guy."

And that's exactly what is going to happen. After numerous calls and complaints, Taylor told WHAG they've decided to give the solider's remains to the United States Parks Services in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania as a gift. The park is expected to hold a funeral and proper burial for the solider.

Originally, the sale was believed to be the first of its kind. The remains were found in 1949 on the Benner Farm in Gettysburg while someone was tilling a garden.

The bidding for the remains has been removed from an online website. The park service will arrive at Hagerstown on Tuesday where the remains will be handed off. The auction will be held at the hotel tomorrow at 1 p.m.

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