When the turret of the USS Monitor was raised from the ocean bottom, two skeletons and the tattered remnants of their uniforms were discovered in the rusted hulk of the Union Civil War ironclad, mute and nameless witnesses to the cost of war. Now, thanks to forensic reconstruction, the two have faces.
In a longshot bid that combines science and educated guesswork, researchers hope those reconstructed faces will help someone identify the unknown Union sailors who went down with the Monitor 150 years ago.
You can read more in an article by Steve Szkotak of the Associated Press at http://goo.gl/Y9Ool.
My thanks to John Fesnock for telling me about this story.
NOTE Added April 11, 2012: The facial reconstruction may be seen at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aIjOZmF2FRo
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