Monday, May 6, 2013

Gettysburg monument returns to duty

(NPS photo)
Members of Gettysburg National Military Park's monument preservation staff on Tuesday will return the 121st New York Infantry Regiment bronze figure to his pedestal.

In fall 2011, a tree fell on the monument at Little Round Top, bending the base of the sculpture. A crane will reset the life-size figure, which was waxed and cleaned during the repair process.

The 121st was mustered in August 1862. According to state records, it was largely in reserve at the July 1863 momentous clash at Gettysburg. Two men were wounded. The unit suffered heavy losses at Spotsylvania, Va., in 1864.

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