The Repair of the 11th Massachusetts Infantry monument at Gettysburg

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 (on Thursday, April 11, 2013).  The work started at approximately 8 a.m. and was largely completed by late morning.  The following photos will show the progression of today’s work.

Gary Currens unstraps the arm after it arrives on site.

Gary Currens unstraps the arm after it arrives on site.

Lucas Flickinger and Gary load the arm onto the lift.

Buzzy Baker moves the arm into position using heavy equipment.

Buzzy Baker moves the arm into position using heavy equipment.

Lucas preps the stone with mortar before placing the arm on top.

Placing it into position

Placing it into position

Brian Griffin preps the saber for placement onto the monument.

Brian Griffin preps the saber for placement onto the monument.

Attaching the saber.

Attaching the saber.

  

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 saber and hand guard.

Brian Griffin sculpting a new arm out of clay.

Brian Griffin sculpting a new arm out of clay last winter.

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.

From left, Brian Griffin, Lucas Flickinger, and Cury Curren with the completed repair.

From left, Brian Griffin, Lucas Flickinger, and Gary Curren with the completed repair.

The 11th Massachusetts Infantry monument, the 4th New York Artillery (Smith’s Battery), and the 114th Pennsylvania Infantry were vandalized in February 2006.  The park has repaired both the 4th NY and the 114th Pa. monuments.

Pieces of the arm scattered at the base of the monument after the vandalism in 2006.

Pieces of the arm scattered at the base of the monument after the vandalism in 2006.

Despite a $30,000 reward for information, no arrests or convictions for the vandalism have been made.

The completed monument at 2:15 p.m., April 11, 2013

The completed monument at 2:15 p.m., April 11, 2013

Katie Lawhon, Management Assistant, 4/11/2013

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7 Responses to The Repair of the 11th Massachusetts Infantry monument at Gettysburg

  1. Dr. George Houck says:

    Amazing job. So glad to see justice done to this regiment. The vandalism of any monument is an attrocious act of insensitivity and ignorance of the grand history of this battlefiled and the men who fought and died here. Well done gentlemen, and thank you to the Gettysburg National Military Park staff. Dr. George Houck

  2. Great news! I’m always glad to see repairs; these monuments help make Gettysburg even more beautiful. If only there’d be no more vandalism to worry about . . .

  3. steven1863 says:

    “Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds”

    A. Einstein

    Nice work to all in overcoming such ignorance!

  4. Gary Dombrowski says:

    Just in time for the 150th. Great work fellas.

  5. Pingback: 11th Massachusetts Infantry at Gettysburg: A monument restored | To the Sound of the Guns

  6. Wonderful to see this restored! Beautiful work!

  7. In my recently published iBook, “Gettysburg Monuments: A Picture Album” is an evocative photograph of this monument taken well before the vandalism of 2006:
    https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/isbn9780988961500
    The text for that page reads, in part: “The motif of a raised arm holding a sword with its blade turned upward is found on the Massachusetts state seal and flag. It illustrates the state’s motto, which is printed in Latin on the seal: “By the sword we seek peace, but peace only under liberty.” The design was also embossed on the brass buttons of every Massachusetts militia during the Civil War.

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