ZAVITZ: Amazing 1939 discoveries made at Niagara forts

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    While recently reading some Niagara news from 1939 (yes, 1939), I came across some interesting items that I would like to share with you. All concern some sort of discovery.

    During the spring and summer of that year work was progressing on the restoration of Old Fort Erie which, of course, had played a major role during the War of 1812.

    In late May 1939, a startling find took place when the skeletons of nearly a hundred British soldiers were discovered lying in eight large wooden boxes buried in a shallow trench. The press account of the discovery noted, “In some places the bodies were found lying three deep. Among their bones in some cases were the actual musket balls that had struck them.”

    The story behind this discovery is both dramatic and tragic.

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