This Dec. 2, 2008 photo provided by the National Park Service shows a button that was found next to the bones of a Union soldier from New York state that recently surfaced at the Antietam National Battlefield in Sharspburg, Md. Many of the remains of the soldiers killed after the pivotal 1862 Battle of Antietam had been buried in a nearby cemetery, but his were somehow overlooked.
Its been 146 years since this young man died, from teeth and a jawbone found at the site his age is thought to be between 19 and 21. Its believed he was from New York State, and although young the 'Excelsior' symbol found on some of his uniform buttons indicates he had served for a fairly long time, and been a replacement for those lost in battle.
Although its rare,