Update February 2006: According to the National Park Service, the culprits who stole the swords from the
monuments mentioned below remain at large.
Update June 2005: According to the United States National Park Service, neither sword stolen earlier this
year from two separate monuments has been recovered. In a June 13, 2005 e-mail, Katie Lawhon of the
National Park Service was kind enough to report, "No we never recovered the two stolen swords, or arrested anyone in
connection with the thefts. On the bright side, 5th graders from Dalmatia Elementary in Dalmatia,
Pa., just donated $1000 to replace the Hay sword and we should have it fabricated and reinstalled
sometime within a year."
States National Park Service is currently investigating two separate incidents of the theft of bronze swords
removed and stolen from monuments on the historic grounds of the Gettysburg
National Military Park Battlefield. On January 20, 2005,
Gettysburg National Military Park officials discovered that a bronze sword was stolen from the 8th Pennsylvania
Cavalry monument on Pleasonton Avenue, which joins the Taneytown Road
and Hancock Avenue near the Pennsylvania Memorial. The Park Service believes that the
theft occurred sometime between Jan 17 and Jan 19, 2005.
bronze sword was stolen from the monument honoring Brigadier General Alexander Hays situated in Ziegler's
grove, near the Cyclorama parking area, along the ground he helped to successfully defend on July 3, 1863.
This theft was reported on September 15, 2004.
The total estimate to replace the swords and repairs the damage is $4200 -$1200 for Hays and $3000
for the 8th Pennsylvania Cavalry.
Anyone with information should call Gettysburg National Military Park at 717-334-0909. The Adams
County Crime Stoppers are offering a reward of $1000 for information that leads to an arrest and
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