Gettysburg Skull Auction Cancelled By Estate Auction Company

Posted: Jun 4 2014, 2:19am CDT | by , in News | Other Stuff

Gettysburg skull auction cancelled by Estate Auction Company
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The company had to call of auction plans after tons of criticism and the skull is now being handed to the Gettysburg National Military Park

According to a recent report by, plans by an auction company to sell the skull of a Civil War soldier and military items found near Gettysburg, Pa. were cancelled on Monday. This action had been facing a lot of criticism for obvious reasons and was the primary reason for calling off the event.

The Estate Auction Company had anticipated that the skull would auction for somewhere between $50,000 and $250,000 and after the change in plans, the skull is being handed to the Gettysburg National Military Park as stated by auctioneer Thomas Taylor. A spokeswoman for Gettysburg National Military Park, Katie Lawhon, said that she saw this sale as something “very unfortunate”.

According to the U.S. National Park Service officials, there are still many remains of the soldiers from ancient times which still have not been discovered. Katie Lawhon said that the entire battlefield should be treated as a sacred burial ground. The U.S. National Park Service has previously suggested that the skull be donated for burial in the Soldiers National Cemetery at Gettysburg. The battle that took place at Gettysburg wasn’t a small matter; it is remembered in history as a one of the biggest battles with more than 45,000 troops killed or injured in some way.

Harold Holzer, an author and expert on President Lincoln,told The Washington Post in an email that "I can't think of anything more grotesque or disrespectful than auctioning off the remains of a soldier who may have been one of those, as Lincoln put it, who gave their lives that the nation might live. The skull belongs in the Gettysburg Soldiers Cemetery, not on the auction block. I have nothing against passionate collecting. But this is desecration.”

source: foxnews

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