Gettysburg's 11th Massachusetts Infantry Monument Repaired
Contact: Katie Lawhon, (717) 334-1124, ext. 3121
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/
Did You Know?
Major General George Gordon Meade was appointed to command the Union "Army of the Potomac" just three days before the battle of Gettysburg. He was honored in 1896 with an equestrian statue at Gettysburg National Military Park.