February 2006: A sad day indeed. Sometime
between the night of February 15th and the morning of the 16th,
vandals desecrated and permanently damaged three sacred monuments on
the fields of Gettysburg. The National Park Service issued a press
release as follows:
National Park Service Asks Public for
Gettysburg National Military Park is looking for information related
to the vandalism of Civil War monuments on the Gettysburg Battlefield
damaged during the night of February 15, 2006 or the early morning
hours of February 16, 2006. 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 pulled
down the bronze sculpture of a Zouave infantryman from the pedestal of
the 114th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry Monument, dedicated on July
2, 1886, located at the Sherfy house on Emmitsburg Road. The figure
landed on a decorative iron fence that was also damaged.
Vandals also pulled the bronze sculpture of a Civil War Artilleryman
from the monument to Smith's battery, also known as the 4th New York
battery, located on Devil's Den. The Smith's battery monument was
dedicated July 2, 1888.
Anyone with any information is asked to call the National Park Service
at 717/ 334-0909. Anyone with any information is asked to call the
National Park Service at 717/ 334-0909.
Katie Lawhon | (717) 334-1124
Laurie Gantz | (717) 334-0909
Images of the vandalized monuments, courtesy of the US National Park Service.
Damaged statue of a Zouave Soldier from the top of the
Pennsylvania Monument along the Emmitsburg Road.
Restoring the monument to its rightful place.
The 4th New York battery monument with the statue missing.
You can see the hole in the macadam where the head hit the pavement.
The now headless statue of an artilleryman from the pedestal of
Smith's 4th New York Battery Monument.
Taken by the vandals, officials remain doubtful that the head will be recovered.
The permanently damaged monument to the 11th Massachusetts Infantry.
Remains of the fingers that had proudly held the sword atop the
11th Massachusetts monument.