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He was followed to the grave 12 days later by Adolph Vincens, a 23-year-old London-born jeweler who was the first Civil War battle casualty buried at Green-Wood.

By the time the war ended four years later, about 200 other soldiers and sailors who died in the Civil War were buried at Green-Wood, established in 1838 in what was then a rural section of Brooklyn.

A team of volunteers and Green-Wood staff has spent nearly a decade trying to identify all those graves.

When the project began in September 2002, cemetery officials figured they had, at most, 500 veterans of the nation’s bloodiest war buried here.

The Civil War dead buried at Green-Wood include unknown privates and famous officers, buglers and Medal of Honor recipients, Yankees from Maine to Iowa, fathers, sons and brothers, and even 75 Confederates, including two generals.

None of the original gravestones for the Confederates gave any indication they had fought for the South, an intentional omission being rectified by the installation of new granite markers provided by Veterans Affairs.

In the decades after the war, thousands of others would join their comrades and even some of their one-time enemies, at the historic cemetery.

Today, the 478-acre expanse of greenery and statuary covering the cemetery’s rolling hills is believed to be the final resting place of about 8,000 Civil War veterans.

Green-Wood historian Jeffrey Richman estimates 3,000 to 4,000 more are scattered among the cemetery’s more than 560,000 total interments.Many of the veterans lie in unmarked graves, and it’s only by checking the cemetery’s detailed maps that individual burial plots can be located.NEW YORK (AP) — The first Civil War casualty to be buried in Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn was a 12-year-old drummer for a New York regiment.Clarence Mc Kenzie, a local boy fatally wounded in an accidental shooting in Maryland, was buried June 14, 1861, two months after the Union garrison at Fort Sumter surrendered to Confederate forces.

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Some of the gravestones and other markers at the previously known burial plots indicate that a person was a Civil War veteran, but most don’t bear information or an insignia that would tip off researchers, Richman said.

Some of the grave markers are so worn the inscriptions can’t be read, while others are overgrown by grass or have sunken below ground level.