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 Posted: Wed Feb 22nd, 2006 05:45 am
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Has there been any news over the week end about the vandals?  Anyone pass on any information about who did it yet?  

My roundtable tonight suggested tar no feathers for part of punishment. 

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 Posted: Wed Feb 22nd, 2006 04:14 pm
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Great job Susan! I hope other groups will follow suit. A fund has been established for repair of all 3 monuments - see here. I'm waiting for word on the reward fund, and was told it should come shortly.



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$30,000 REWARD
Monument vandalism prompts Friends to establish reward
 


Gettysburg, PA (Feb. 22, 2005)—The Friends of the National Parks at Gettysburg has established a $30,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the recent monument vandalism at Gettysburg National Military Park. The Friends’ reward is being offered in addition to any money offered by Adams County Crime Stoppers.

To establish the reward, the Friends teamed with the Gettysburg National Battlefield Museum Foundation, the Association of Licensed Battlefield Guides and the Gettysburg Civil War Round Table.

“We are devastated by this vandalism, and we’ve heard from people all over the country who are eager to help find the people responsible,” said Friends’ Chair of the Board Barbara J. Finfrock. “The monuments were placed on these fields—as testaments to bravery and sacrifice—by the soldiers who fought here, and we are honored to stand with our partners to seek justice.”

Three monuments were severely vandalized last week: the 11th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry monument, the 114th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry monument and the 4th New York battery (Smith’s battery) monument.

Anyone with information should call Gettysburg National Military Park at 717-334-0909 or the Adams County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-869-8057. Callers may remain anonymous.

It is the Friends’ mission—on behalf of all generations of Americans—to honor, support, protect and enhance the resources associated with the Gettysburg National Military Park, the Battle of Gettysburg and the Eisenhower National Historic Site.

For more information about the Friends, call 717-334-0772 or visit http://www.friendsofgettysburg.org



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 Posted: Sat Mar 4th, 2006 05:12 pm
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My friend Jon and I were in Gettysburg on the night of the 13th and the 14th....weird. My cousin called us after he heard, he thought it was us.



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First of Three Vandalized Monuments
to Be Reset at Gettysburg

March 8, 2006--Gettysburg National Military Park's monument preservation staff will reset the life-size bronze sculpture of a Zouave infantryman onto the pedestal of the 114th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry Monument on Thursday, March 9 at approximately 2 p.m.

The monument, dedicated on July 2, 1886, was damaged along with two other monuments on the Gettysburg battlefield during the night of February 15, 2006 or the early morning hours of February 16, 2006.

The National Park Service is investigating the incidents and is looking for information that may help them find the individuals responsible. They have received no significant leads. The Friends of the National Parks at Gettysburg and other organizations and individuals have posted a reward of $36,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the recent monument vandalism.

Preservation specialists at Gettysburg spent a total of 130 hours working on the 114th Pa. monument, fabricating a new ramrod, which had been stolen, carefully removing gouges, and refurbishing the bronze figure. On the afternoon of March 9, a crane will hoist the figure onto its base at the Sherfy House along Emmitsburg Road. Repairs are underway on the cast iron fence that surrounds the monument.

Vandals pulled the top stone and sculpture off of the 11th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Monument, dedicated on October 8, 1885. The 11th Massachusetts monument is located on Emmitsburg Road at the intersection of Sickles Avenue. Vandals also pulled the bronze sculpture of a Civil War Artilleryman from the monument to Smith's battery, also known as the 4 th New York battery, at Devil's Den. The monument was dedicated July 2, 1888.

The bronze artilleryman from Smith's battery monument was dragged 162 feet and its head was severed and stolen from the scene, along with the ramrod.

The National Park Service estimates the repair costs for the two severely damaged monuments and the historic fence at between $55,000 and $65,000.

Anyone interested in making a donation for the repairs may send a check directly to :
Gettysburg National Military Park,
97 Taneytown Road,
Gettysburg PA 17325.
Checks should be made out to "DOI-NPS" (stands for
Dept. of Interior, National Park Service). Please note in the memo "for the
three vandalized monuments."

Anyone with any information that may help the investigation is asked to
call the National Park Service at 717/ 334-0909.



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Vandalized monuments might take a year to repair




The Evening Sun







By MEG BERNHARDT
Evening Sun Reporter
National Park Service officials have located a copy of a sculpture that was among three Gettysburg monuments vandalized in February.
They will use the sculpture to take rubber molds and recreate parts of it so the restoration is as close as possible to the original, said Gettysburg National Military Park spokeswoman Katie Lawhon.
The sculpture of a Union artilleryman from the 4th New York (Smith's) Battery sat on Houck's Ridge, above Devil's Den. Earlier this year, vandals dragged it 162 feet across the road, removed the head and took it from the scene. The monument sustained the most damage of three vandalized that night.
The damage of the three totaled $60,000 and it will take a year or more to restore all of them, Lawhon said Thursday.
Recreating the details on the 19th century sculptures can be tricky. Luckily, Lawhon said, they've found the copy, made by the same sculptor out of the same mold as the original, in Manchester, N.H.
She said sculptors often made several statues out of the same mold at one time.
Park service historians have said that the monuments at Gettysburg are some of the finest examples of sculptures produced during the 19th century.
Each is one of a kind, said Dru Anne Neil, communications director of the Friends of the National Parks at Gettysburg.
Park officials will travel to New Hampshire and create a rubber mold of the head and the ramrod for a cannon, which the soldier held in his hands. They will replace the damaged or missing parts.
But they haven't been able to track down a copy of a stone arm of an 11th Massachusetts soldier on a monument damaged the same night. The monument was dedicated in 1885 and placed near Sickles Avenue.
Lawhon said The Boston Herald published a piece asking for information on the arms, but so far, it hasn't yielded a three-dimensional model. She did say a quarry where the arm was created passed along some original sketches and drawings.
A third monument of a Civil War Zouave infantryman was repaired and restored to his pedestal at his post along Emmitsburg Road in early March.
It took about 20 minutes for a crane from Shenango Steel Co. of Gettysburg to hoist the repaired monument on its base in front of the Sherfy House.
The life-size bronze sculpture depicts a 114th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry soldier and was originally dedicated on July 2, 1886.
"This wanton vandalism has obviously struck a public nerve," said park superintendent John Latschar. "The outpouring of rage and disgust has been impressive, and the amount of unsolicited donations for the repair of the monument has been heartwarming."
Contact Meg Bernhardt at mbernhardt@eveningsun.com.
REWARD OFFERED
The Friends of the National Parks at Gettysburg, Adams County CrimeStoppers, Jennifer and David LeVan, the Gettysburg National Battlefield Museum Foundation, the Association of Licensed Battlefield Guides and the Gettysburg Civil War Roundtable established a $31,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the vandals who damaged three monuments in February.
Anyone with any information on the crime or who wishes to donate money for repairs should contact the National Park Service at (717) 334-1124.



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I am amazed that there has not been one clue to who the people were that did this damage at Gettysburg.  Nobody has reported anyone bragging , or having interesting  pieces of statues in their home  With all the reward money no one has turned anyone in.  I was so hoping they would be caught right away.  Lets hope one of them will trip themselves up and soon. 

 



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