Artillery Statue Returned To Devil's Den
Contact: Katie Lawhon, (717) 334-1124, ext. 3121
Gettysburg National Military Park monument preservation staff reset the bronze figure of an artilleryman onto the pedestal of the 4th New York Battery monument, also known as "Smith's Battery", on November 28, 2011.The monument had been vandalized in February 2006 when the bronze figure was pulled from the base, and the bronze head of the artilleryman was stolen along with parts of the rammer. Earlier this year, park staff created a new bronze head for the artilleryman, allowing the park to return the figure to its pedestal at Devil's Den on the Gettysburg battlefield after more than five years.
Gettysburg National Military Park is a unit of the National Park Service that preserves and protects the resources associated with the Battle of Gettysburg and the Soldiers' National Cemetery, and provides an understanding of the events that occurred there within the context of American History. Information is available at www.nps.gov/gett.
Did You Know?
John Burns, a 69 year-old veteran of the War of 1812 and resident of Gettysburg, fought side by side with Union soldiers on the first day of the battle of Gettysburg. His service is commemorated by a battlefield statue at Gettysburg National Military Park.