Where there is a vast spot of land for people to walk around in and enjoy the beauty of today, and stop and reflect on the violence and bloodshed of many years ago, there are people who want to ruin that, to deface the statues that stand in memoriam for the some 53,000 men who were killed or wounded at the battle of Gettysburg. This report from yesterday comes directly from Gettysburg National Military Park, with the image of what happened located above:
On February 29, 2012, park staff found that the 2nd Andrews Sharpshooter (Mass.) monument at Gettysburg National Military Park on Sickles Avenue south of the Wheatfield had been sprayed with blue paint. The park’s monument preservation crew removed some of the paint yesterday (2/29) and will go back again later this morning to try to remove the rest of it using a micro abrasive cleaner. Gettysburg National Military Park law enforcement rangers are investigating. We have no suspects at this point. If anyone in the public saw anything or knows anything that would help us in this investigation we ask them to contact the park at 717-334-1124, Ext. 4490.
There are not many things related to history that can be more disrespectful than this, and thankfully, the Park Service stepped up and was able to remove all of the paint within a day. I hope that the person or people that did this will be found. Hopefully, someone witnessed something or has some information. If you do and are reading this, please call the number they provided above.