Historians and scientists want soldiers’ remains

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A team of historians and scientists from Middle Tennessee is trying to bring the remains of Mexican-American War soldiers back from Mexico.

WPLN-FM reports (http://bit.ly/1D8LisS) the remains of more than a dozen men were discovered several years ago by construction workers in Monterrey, Mexico.

Historian Tim Johnson believes the soldiers likely were volunteers for the midstate. That’s because they were found at a spot where the 1st Tennessee Regiment fought and later set up camp in the 1846 Battle of Monterrey.

Johnson teaches at Lipscomb University. He has been working with a group from Middle Tennessee State University to cut through the red tape and return the bones to Tennessee.

The MTSU Forensics Institute hopes to examine the skeletons and possibly even use DNA to identify individuals.