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Minnesota Civil War casualty gets gravesite tribute

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STILLWATER, Minn. (AP) — Curiosity connected Civil War re-enactor Ken Martens to Civil War veteran Louis Muller, a Stillwater infantry captain whose death 150 years ago in the Battle of Gettysburg is getting fresh attention.

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Martens made it his mission to shed light on Muller's cut-short life and has spiffed up the soldier's gravesite. The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that Martens will honor Muller in a Tuesday evening graveside ceremony.

Martens learned of Muller after visiting St. Michael's Cemetery following a Memorial Day parade 20 years ago. He had trouble locating Muller because his original grave marker had gone missing and a substitute had sunken into the ground.

Martens worked through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to have a new marker made and paid $125 to have it installed this spring.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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