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Famous Gettysburg statue damaged in storm

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The 72nd Pennsylvania Infantry statue after Tuesday's storm The 72nd Pennsylvania Infantry statue after Tuesday's storm
File photo of the 72nd Pennsylvania Infantry statue (Wikipedia Commons) File photo of the 72nd Pennsylvania Infantry statue (Wikipedia Commons)
The 72nd Pennsylvania Infantry statue on the Gettysburg National Military Park quarter. (Wikipedia Commons) The 72nd Pennsylvania Infantry statue on the Gettysburg National Military Park quarter. (Wikipedia Commons)
GETTYSBURG, Pa. (WHTM) -

One of Gettysburg's best-known monuments has been damaged just days before events commemorating the 150th anniversary of the epic Civil War battle.

The 72nd Pennsylvania Infantry statue was blown from its pedestal by high winds during a storm Tuesday evening. The fall from its base cracked the shoulder and bent the rifle of the 1,500-pound bronze soldier.

"We had a lot of branches down and this monument was knocked off its pedestal, which is amazing," National Park Service spokeswoman Katie Lawhon said.

The 72nd Pennsylvania Infantry statue depicts a soldier in hand-to-hand combat as 12,000 Confederates tried and failed to break the Union line on the third day of the battle; an assault known as Pickett's Charge.

"He's got a rifle, but he's swinging it like a baseball bat," Lawhon said, "and it just shows they are too close to even fire. They are just trying to fight them off."

The statue has stood on the battlefield since 1891 and appears on the back of the Gettysburg National Military Park quarter that was released in 2011 as part of the 'America the Beautiful' series.

Park staff went to work on the statue early in the morning and by afternoon had returned the soldier to its pedestal. A permanent fix will have to wait until after the anniversary events.

 

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