A box of long-forgotten letters from a west-central Illinois farm house appeared to have value simply for the old stamps on the envelopes.
But as a Beardstown couple started reading through the letters, they uncovered a story from the Civil War. The letters between a husband and wife tell a tale of love and hardship.
The Keokuk National Cemetery is the final resting place for more than 600 Union and Confederate soldiers.
Most of the soldiers were from Iowa, Illinois, and Missouri.
A total of 17 states are represented in the cemetery, though, including Ohio, Alabama, and Texas.
A special ceremony was held to bring those soldiers "home."
Soil was collected from all 17 states. It was spread on the graves so soldiers could be buried under their native soil.