Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Elementary, my dear Glover!

Here's an interesting bit concerning The Battle of Waterloo:

Recently, archeologists have identified the skeletal remains of a man who died at the Battle of Waterloo. If scientists are correct, these remains are those of an unknown soldier who died near the Lion's Mound in 1815. Historian Gareth Glover is credited with cracking the case using artifacts buried around the body, and the remains of a soldier from 200 years ago. The remains supposedly belong to Friedrich Brandt, a 23 year old soldier who served with the Kind's German Legion of George III at the time of his death.
The remains were found in 2012, and there was also found a ball from a musket at rest in the area of the ribcage! Unlike the recent discovery and formal burial of Richard III, Brandt did not have any living blood relatives to call on for DNA comparison.
Glover dug deep, as it were. He was able to track troop formations that fought on the fateful day, and determines that the soldier was Hanoverian trained and likely fought with the British to liberate portions of the homeland that had come into Napoleon's control. There were only two soldiers who had "CB' as initials in their name, and the remains in particular had an "F' that was faded with time. Glover also used payroll records and coins found near the remains to determine that the money was likely one week's pay. That's very Sherlock Holmes of him, don't you

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