CHELSEA – The remains of a Civil War soldier from Maine are back in the state after a long journey across the country.

The Patriot Guard Riders motorcycle group has been escorting the remains of Hodgdon native Pvt. Jewett Williams to Maine for the past three weeks.

He died in Oregon in 1922 and his ashes were stored and forgotten along with thousands of others until they were discovered there a few years ago.

WCSH6 reported that Williams’ remains made it to Kittery on Sunday and to Togus National Cemetery in Chelsea on Monday.

The station reports that the plan was originally for Williams’ remains to be buried at the cemetery next month. However, relatives have come forward and say they will claim the ashes. Williams will instead be buried in Hodgdon.

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