Gettysburg Monuments Vandalized- November 18 and 19, 1999
NEWS RELEASE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
NATIONAL PARK SERVICE
RELEASE UPON RECEIPT CONTACT: KATIE LAWHON
Gettysburg, Pa, November 22, 1999 - Park ProtectionRangers at Gettysburg National Military Park are
investigating incidents of vandalism that occurred on the Gettysburg battlefield during a two day period
on November 18 and 19. An unknown person or persons damaged numerous Gettysburg monuments by
pouring oil on the civil war memorials.
On the evening of November 18, a Park Watch Volunteer discovered what appears to be a
vegetable-based oil on the 17th Connecticut Infantry Monument on Wainwright Avenue and notified the
park's law enforcement officers. Further investigation revealed that eight additional monuments on East
Cemetery Hill also had oil poured onto them. The markers damaged were the 75th Ohio Right Flank
Marker, the 25th and 75th Ohio Infantry Monument, the 25th Ohio Right Flank Marker, the 4th Ohio
Infantry Monument, the 68th New York Infantry Monument, the 14th Indiana Infantry Monument,
Cooper's Battery B, 1st Pennsylvania Light Artillery Monument, and the Equestrian statue of Maj.
General Oliver Howard.
In many instances small quantities of the substance had been poured onto each corner of the monument.
In other cases it was poured onto the top of the stone or onto a bronze fixture on the monument.
Sometime between 12:00 noon and about 2:30 p.m. on Friday, November 19, a similar oil was poured onto
the four corners of the Soldiers National Monument and the New York State Monument in the National
Cemetery. This discovery prompted a second search for damaged markers. Oil was found on the 21st
Pennsylvania Cavalry Monument, the 60th New York Volunteers Monument, the 66th Ohio Right Flank
Marker and the marker indicating the falling of Maj. J.G. Palmer of the 66th Ohio, the Equestrian statue of
Maj. General Henry Slocum and the base of the observation tower at Culp's Hill.
The park's monument preservation crew was advised of the damage early on Friday morning and
immediately began working to remove the oily substance with assistance from volunteers. Work
continued throughout the day Friday and Saturday. Efforts have been only partially successful so far
and The work is continuing.
No suspect information has been developed at this time. Anyone who has any information is asked to
call Gettysburg National Military Park Protection at (717) 334-0909.
Gettysburg National Military Park 97 Taneytown Road,
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania 17325
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