|Historic Railings Stolen From Civil War
Monument in Petersburg
Petersburg, VA On May 10 it was discovered that a person or persons had driven away with 22 historic railings which surrounded the Pennsylvania Monument on Wakefield Street in Petersburg. The railings, made of bronze, measure seven to eight feet in length and three to four inches in diameter.
Of all the monuments in this historic city, the Pennsylvania Monument was the only one to be dedicated in the presence of a United States President, William Howard Taft. On May 19, 1909 President Taft attended the dedication ceremony along with veterans of Pennsylvania regiments who fought in the Battle of Fort Stedman on March 25, 1865 as well as the assault on Confederate Fort Mahone on April 2, 1865. The Pennsylvania veterans, who were members of the Third Division of the Ninth Corps, were escorted by the local chapter of the United Confederate Veterans, namely the A.P. Hill Camp.
A $500 reward is being offered to anyone who offers information leading to the arrest and conviction of the perpetrator(s). Anyone who has any knowledge or information regarding this theft is requested to call the Ranger Station at Petersburg National Battlefield at (804) 732-3966 or Park Ranger Richard Hotchkiss at (804) 691-4786. Information can also be submitted to the Petersburg Police Department at (804) 732-4222.
Petersburg National Battlefield was created in order to commemorate the campaign and siege and defense of Petersburg, Virginia, in 1864 and 1865. The park staff is committed to preserving and protecting the historical, cultural, and natural resources within the park in a manner that will provide interpretation, education, and enjoyment for the visitors.