Union statue at Gettysburg battlefield damaged in storm

Written by The Associated Press | Jun 27, 2013 10:42 AM
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"The Angle" at Gettysburg National Military Park

(Gettysburg) -- A statue of a Union soldier swinging his rifle like a club that's located at the Gettysburg battlefield's so-called "Angle" is damaged after heavy winds from a storm on Tuesday blew it over.

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.

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