• Gettysburg National Military Park

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    National Military Park Pennsylvania

Artillery Statue Returned To Devil's Den

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Date: December 5, 2011
Contact: Katie Lawhon, (717) 334-1124, ext. 3121

Park crew setting the statue atop the 4th NY Battery Monument, November 28, 2011.
Lucas Flickinger gently guides the statue into place on the 4th New York Battery pedestal with the assistance of other members of the park's monument crew.
National Park Service

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?

The Leister House in 1863. (Library of Congress)

The tiny home of widow Lydia Leister was used by Union General George G. Meade for his headquarters during the Battle of Gettysburg in 1863.