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Gettysburg monument restored after 2006 vandalism

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GETTYSBURG, Pa. (WHTM) -

A Gettysburg National Military Park monument damaged by vandals more than seven years ago has finally been repaired.

Monument preservation staff on Thursday placed a new carved granite arm for the 11th Massachusetts Infantry on its pedestal along Emmitsburg Road, and immediately installed the monument's sword and hand guard.

Park preservation worker Brian Griffin sculpted the arm out of clay last year, using a large collection of photos to ensure the correct size and shape, then made a mold and created a plaster model that was shipped to Vermont for replication in stone. The park received the new carved granite arm earlier this year.

The 11th Massachusetts Infantry monument, the 4th New York Artillery (Smith's Battery), and the 114th Pennsylvania Infantry were vandalized in February 2006. The other two monuments have already been repaired.

Despite a $30,000 reward for information on the vandalism, there have been no arrests.

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