Union statue at Gettysburg park damaged in storm

GETTYSBURG, Pa. (AP) — A statue of a Union soldier swinging his rifle like a club that’s located at the Gettysburg battlefield’s “Angle” is damaged after heavy winds from a storm on Tuesday blew it over.

The Evening Sun of Hanover reported Thursday (http://bit.ly/12loFkp ) that the statue has been returned to its pedestal, but has visible damage to its rifle.

The monument honors the 72nd Pennsylvania Infantry and stands at a key spot along Pickett’s Charge, the failed Confederate initiative that turned the battle and was a pivotal moment in the American Civil War.

Civil War veterans took their fight to locate the monument on that spot to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, and won a 1891 decision.


Information from: The Evening Sun, http://www.eveningsun.com

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