Habitat salvage effort turns up former gravestones of Civil War veterans

A roofless, three-sided outbuilding stood in the backyard of a future River City Habitat for Humanity home.

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As renovations to the 1920s-built property in the 800 block of Clark Avenue proceeded, the time came to raze the structure β€” builders thought there might be salvage materials.

What they discovered were about 100 decommissioned Civil War veteran markers.

β€œIt was an interesting combination of curiosity and fear when we started uncovering these tombstones,” said Habitat board president Mark Johnson.

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