The bodies of 22 soldiers who fought and died during the War of 1812 are coming home to America for an honorable burial.

Researchers who studied 36 skeletons unearthed at a battle site on the Canadian side of the Niagara River said Thursday they know what food the men ate, some of their daily hardships and the way they died, but not their names.

"I never expected to be able to identify the bodies," said Lt. Col. Joseph Whitehorne, a historian with the U.S. Army.

He said army records of the day were used mostly for tracking deserters by making notes of hair color and scars.