The remains were donated late Monday and were to go to auction as soon as they were verified. Upon announcing receiving the skull along with other artifacts, Pennsylvania-based Estate Auction Co. recieved a wave of emails and inquiries calling the potential sale tasteless and insensitive.
"I can't think of anything more grotesque or disrespectful than auctioning off the remains of a soldier who may have been one of those, as Lincoln put it, who gave their lives that the nation might live," emailed historian Harold Holzer.
"Every human being deserves a respectful burial. If we consider battlefields to be hallowed grounds, what do we believe about the individuals who died there?"