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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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