Posts belonging to Category 'crime'

Williamsburg man wants to keep stolen sword

A Civil War artifacts collector intends to fight to retain ownership of a valuable sword that Brown University claims was stolen from its museum more than 30 years ago.
Brown University in Providence, R.I., is suing Williamsburg art and artifacts collector Donald R. Tharpe in federal court seeking the return of the Col. Rush C. Hawkins [...]

Ocmulgee National Monument fire ruled arson

A 154-year-old house that survived a Civil War raid was nearly destroyed in an arson early Wednesday at the Ocmulgee National Monument.
Macon police arrested a man with cuts on his hands who was watching the commotion as crews battled the blaze.
Just before 3:40 a.m., a fire alarm alerted firefighters, who arrived to find the back [...]

Archives won’t display altered Lincoln pardon

A pardon signed by Abraham Lincoln, with a date altered to make it appear to be one of the president’s final acts before his assassination, will be taken out of circulation at the National Archives, which disclosed the tampering last week.
The document, which the Archives says was changed by a Woodbridge history buff to amplify [...]

Stroke of Pen Altered Date, and a Tale of Lincoln, Too

Just hours before Abraham Lincoln “put on his hat and headed for Ford’s Theater,” on April 14, 1865, the president is said to have spared a mentally incompetent Army private the death penalty for desertion.
The legendary act of compassion was revealed by Thomas Lowry, an amateur historian, who said he found the pardon among hundreds [...]

Stolen Civil War Weapon Finally Found (Video)

A gun used in the Civil War, then stolen from the Museum of the Confederacy in Richmond has been recovered more than three decades after the theft.
The museum considered the .36 caliber Spiller and Burr revolver used by General George Washington Rains one of its most prized possessions.
“This is one of the very first and [...]

Judge halts sale of Civil War-era sword

A federal judge has ordered a Williamsburg collector not to sell a Civil War-era sword that Brown University contends was stolen from its collections more than 30 years ago.
The Daily Press reports that the temporary restraining order blocks Donald Tharpe from selling or disposing of the sword until the dispute is resolved.
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$5,000 Reward Offered In Civil War Chapel Fire

 A $5,000 reward is being offered by Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) for information on the arson case which destroyed a replica Civil War chapel.
The fire broke out Friday on Chambersburg Street, damaging four buildings.
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Friday Civil War Chapel fire still under investigation

The cause of a Friday morning fire on Gettysburg’s Chambersburg Street that damaged four structures has not yet been determined, according to the Gettysburg Borough manager – despite reports that the blaze has been ruled arson.
“The chief (Joseph Dougherty) told me the Bureau of Alcohol, Firearms and Tobacco has completed their investigation but a cause [...]

Vandals target historic cemetery in Cleburne

Vandals have damaged a historic cemetery in Cleburne.
Neighbors noticed several Civil War-era headstones knocked over last Friday at the Old Lane Prairie Cemetery. It will cost thousands of dollars to repair each damaged marker.
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Covered trailer with State Fair exhibit artifacts stolen from Merriam Park residence

The 2010 Minnesota State Fair ended on a tragic note for the volunteers of the Minnesota Territorial Pioneers, a long-standing exhibitor at the fair.
While in temporary storage to make room for the main exhibits of the Territorial Pioneers Log Cabin, a trailer containing dozens of Civil War and turn of century artifacts disappeared from a [...]