Civil War might echo in bones found at USC

USC’s historic Horseshoe might hold a new and macabre piece of South Carolina’s past.

Workers repairing an underground steam pipe on Monday noticed human bone fragments behind the second-oldest building on campus, where a Civil War hospital once treated injured Confederate and Union soldiers.

“We don’t know what it is,” Richland County Coroner Gary Watts said of fragments that ranged from a skull cap to half-inch pieces. “It probably is Civil War remains, but we’re still going to do this as if it were a crime scene.”

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