11th Massachusetts Monument Repair to be Completed April 11
Contact: Katie Lawhon, (717) 334-1124, ext. 3151
Gettysburg National Military Park monument preservation staff will place a new carved granite arm for the 11th Massachusetts Infantry on its pedestal on Thursday, April 11, 2013. The work will begin at approximately 8 a.m. and take approximately one hour to complete.
This is the final step required for full repairs to the monument that was vandalized in 2006. The park received the new carved granite arm for the monument from Granite Industries of Vermont in early 2013. Once the arm is placed on top of the pedestal, park staff will immediately install the sword and hand guard.
Last year, 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 11thMassachusetts Infantry monument, the 4thNew York Artillery (Smith's Battery), and the 114thPennsylvania Infantry were vandalized in February 2006. The park has repaired both the 4th NY and the 114thPa. monuments. Despite a $30,000 reward for information, no arrests or convictions for the vandalism have been made.
Who: Gettysburg National Military Park monument preservation staff
What: Placing a new carved granite arm onto the pedestal of the 11thMassachusetts Monument on Emmitsburg Road, Gettysburg National Military Park.
When: Thursday, April 11, 2013. The work will begin at about 8 a.m. and take approximately one hour to complete.
Where: On the east side of Emmitsburg Road (Bus. 15 South), at Sickles Avenue, Gettysburg National Military Park.
Did You Know?
In July 1913, over 50,000 Union and Confederate veterans camped at Gettysburg National Military Park to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the battle.