New York News
7:24 am
Mon May 28, 2012

Buffalo's 1812 Tomb of Unknowns Gets New Marker

A new monument will honor 300 American soldiers who died during the War of 1812 and are buried in a mass grave beneath a Buffalo golf course.

The granite marker being dedicated Monday calls attention to the so-called mound in the meadow that holds the remains of the mostly unknown soldiers.

The soldiers died of exposure and disease during the winter of 1812-13 while camped in what is now the Delaware Park Golf Course and surrounding area. But their story is largely unknown, even in Buffalo, and the gravesite is marked only by a small plaque on a boulder.

Historian Steve Cichon says the new, more accessible marker was paid for by donations. It's just outside the Buffalo Zoo, in view of the boulder.

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