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Gettysburg's 11th Massachusetts Infantry Monument Repaired

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Date: April 11, 2013
Contact: Katie Lawhon, (717) 334-1124, ext. 3121

11th MA INF monument
Katie Lawhon

Gettysburg National Military Park monument preservation staff placed a new carved granite arm for the 11th Massachusetts Infantry onto its pedestal on the battlefield earlier today, April 11, 2013. The work started at approximately 8 a.m. and was largely completed by late morning.

This was the final step required for full repairs to the monument that was vandalized in February of 2006. The park received the new carved granite arm for the monument from Granite Industries of Vermont earlier this winter. Once the arm was placed on top of the pedestal, the staff attached the sword and hand guard.

In the winter of 2011/2012, using a large collection of photos to ensure the correct size and shape,park preservation worker Brian Griffin sculpted the arm out of clay, then made a mold and created a plaster model that was shipped to Vermont for replication in stone.

The 11th Massachusetts Infantry monument, the 4th New York Battery of Artillery (Smith's Battery), and the 114th Pennsylvania Infantry monuments were vandalized in February 2006. The park has previously repaired both the 4th NY and the 114th Pa. monuments. Despite a $30,000 reward for information, no arrests or convictions for the vandalism have been made.

More photos are available on the Gettysburg National Military Park blog at: http://npsgnmp.wordpress.com/

Monument crew at 11th MA Mnt
Gettysburg preservation staff Brian Griffin, Lucas Flickinger and Gary Currens at the 11th Massachusetts Infantry monument work site.
Katie Lawhon, GNMP

Did You Know?

Confederate and Union veterans with President Wilson at Gettysburg.

In July 1913, over 50,000 Union and Confederate veterans camped at Gettysburg National Military Park to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the battle.