Charleston, W.Va. (AP) -- A state historian says West Virginia still has about 4,000 medals available for the Descendants of Union soldiers who earned them during the Civil War.
Division of Culture and History Historian Greg Carroll says the medals are all that remain of an order for 26,000 medals for veterans that the state placed just after the war.
Each of the remaining medals bears the name of a veteran and his military unit.
Carroll says the medals can be distributed to descendants who submit official documentation proving their relationship, such as census records.
Descendants seeking a medal must submit an application, documentation and $30 to the state.
The State Archives has a list of unclaimed medals and other information on its web site at http://www.wvculture.org/history/medals.html.
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