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Old 03-09-2004, 01:56 PM
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Pickup Truck Crashes Into Gettysburg Monument

A pickup truck lost control Wednesday afternoon and crashed into a Civil War monument and two granite fence posts on the Gettysburg battlefield at East Cemetery Hill, according to the Gettysburg National Military Park.

Katie Lawhon, with the military park said the driver was traveling northbound on Baltimore Pike and lost control of the vehicle in front of the Evergreen Cemetery. The truck swerved off the east edge of the roadway, continued approximately 150 feet in a northerly direction and struck the Fourth Ohio Volunteer Infantry right flank marker and two granite fence posts within Gettysburg National Military Park.



The driver had no passengers and was not injured.







Preliminary National Park Service cost estimates for the damage are between $5,000 and $10,000, including a complete recasting of the zinc monument, which cannot be repaired.



The Gettysburg Borough Police Department is investigating and charges are pending.



This is the third time since October 2003 that a vehicle has struck and damaged a monument or cannon carriage within Gettysburg National Military Park.

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Car Takes Out Civil War Cannon

GETTYSBURG, Pa. -- A man who lost control of his car faces charges after causing some significant damage to the Gettysburg Battlefield.

A car hit a Civil War canon, reducing it to pieces of metal.



"This is a one-of-a-kind object. The cannon carriages were put here by the War Department in the early years of the park. They're about 100 years old. They'll cost at least $10,000, if not close to $13,000 to replace just the cannon carriage," said Katie Lawhon, with the National Park Service.







Police said they found a license plate in the rubble and traced it to Charles Kelly, of Emmitsburg, Md. Police have filed charged against him. The fine is only $200, but park officials said they will try to recoup the cost of the cannon from his insurance company.



The park service said they had to clean up the debris quickly, because souvenir hunters were taking parts of the cannon.
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Old 03-09-2004, 02:49 PM
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WHOSE cannon was it.

N or S?
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Old 03-10-2004, 04:53 AM
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Don't know, that was the entire article. I just put the "South" thing in since I'm a "Yank" at heart.
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Old 03-10-2004, 05:27 AM
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The line that was drawn by the surveyors Mason and Dixon divides Maryland from Pennsylvania.
i.e.; - Maryland plates = Reb, Gettysburg is on the Yank side in Pennsylvania.
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Old 03-10-2004, 12:39 PM
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WHOSE cannon was it?

... kinda makes a difference as to which unit might become interested in asking the feller to put things back the way they was.

Yanks had all the cannon they could use and more, we just had some little less... so the arms that might yet be somewhere take on a real special significance. Wouldn't want someone intentionally runnin' into our artillery at Gettysburg.

Such a concept would have the tendency to rile up certain ires. Tryin' our best to forestall that type thing.

My Lady Carol pointed out to me this very day a quote she had found:

"Someone else's god is always the stranger's devil."

t.f. "The Tree People", by: Naomi M. Stokes

In other words, if it was a Yankee cannon, then everyone can afford to wait awhile for just compensation. If not, then might be we need to rally and get it fixed or replaced, asap.

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"They"? . . . "We"? . . . Bluehawk, the war's over now; the Gettysburg battlefield and its cannons belong to all of us.

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Yer right Cap'n, yer right... got lost in my thoughts there awhile
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Lynchburg man digs up cannonballs

Two weeks ago, Robert Compton struck Civil War gold when he unearthed 36 Confederate cannonballs.

?It?s very rare to find a case of them,? said the Lynchburg man, who has turned a metal-detecting hobby into a fine science.

Compton meticulously researches the location of old Civil War campsites with the aid of vintage maps from the Library of Congress, historical war accounts on CD-ROM, Global Positioning System (GPS) technology and topographical maps.

He goes in search of whatever the soldiers may have left behind. He has buckets of bullets, cases of buttons and even a bayonet. But the cannonball find is the big one. The 12-pound iron cannonballs are being cleaned and diffused by a professional - the fuses could still set off the balls under the right conditions, Compton said. They?re loaded with lead shot and gunpowder - designed to inflict damage on people, not artillery.

?Those balls right there were really used to take out troops,? he said. A short fuse was designed to go off overhead, while a long fuse could stay lit as a ball rolled deeper into enemy territory.

Compton doesn?t want to reveal the location of the find, and will only say it was in a county near Richmond. He said he always gets permission from the property owner to hunt on private property. Public property is off limits.

Compton and his hunting partner, Tony Wilborn of South Boston, will be featured in Western & Eastern Treasures Magazine, a major publication of metal-detector aficionados. The cannonball find will be considered one of the best of 2004, Compton said.

Van Naisawald, Lynchburg?s resident expert on Civil War artillery, said such a find is very rare. ?What he probably found was a battery position,? Naisawald said. ?They probably skedaddled out of there in a hurry,? taking the artillery and leaving the ammunition behind.

Naisawald said the increasing sophistication in metal detecting means a lot of relics - he guesses about half - already have been found. Metal detecting has been Compton?s hobby since 1985, but in the last three years he has become an expert on the Civil War. He spent two years at Appomattox, but figures too many people already have been there.

He is currently following Lee?s Retreat. He has found two virgin sites this year - cavalry camps that are well off the beaten trail because horses could take to more remote terrain. With his state-of-the-art metal detector, Compton also finds relics others have passed over. The cannonballs, for example, were buried under 3? feet of dirt.

Compton said the reading from his detector was muddled, but he still suspected the site was worth digging. After finding the first one, he thought that was it, but further effort revealed another 35 balls in an area of about 5 square feet. While a dealer has already offered $275 per ball, Compton isn?t anxious to sell. In fact, he said, he has never sold any of his artifacts. They keep appreciating in value, and may become his retirement package.

His pastime, he admits, is a form of addiction. ?It?s like opening a Christmas gift up,? said the 41-year-old Compton. ?? It?s fun. When you hear a signal, you don?t know what it is.? Compton said he can tell the difference between iron, lead and copper by the tone of the signal.

He goes hunting every weekend, and estimates that he does six to seven hours of research a week before he retraces the steps of Robert E. Lee?s final retreat. Although his couch is draped with a Confederate flag, and Civil War memorabilia dominates his house, Compton said he?s not really a Civil War buff. He has no interest in re-enactments, or even in battlegrounds. He prefers contemplating camp life for the average soldier.

Though life was pretty miserable, he finds signs of leisure - bullets carved into chess pieces and the remains of pipes. Compton, who works for the city?s utilities department, got the collector?s bug early in life with football and baseball cards. His favorite find, however, remains one he made in 1996 - not with a metal detector but with a backhoe.

While helping to install a waterline on Jackson Street, he noticed a round, muddy object. It turned out to be a 1925 Lynchburg High School ring. His research skills enabled him to track down 88-year-old Virginia Baldwin FitzSimons of Baltimore, who was thrilled to get her ring back. Her gratitude meant more than the prestige the cannonball find has brought him in the relic-hunting community, Compton said. ?It?s just a bunch of cruddy balls to me,? he said.
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