The following is a press release just sent out. A large contingent of
Vermonters will be attending this event. I have a block of rooms reserved
with some still available. Anyone interested please let me know asap.
For Immediate Release
October 4, 2000
Co. F, 1st U.S.S.S. Monument to be Rededicated
at Gettysburg on November 18
In a collaborative effort made by the NPS and the Gettysburg NMP,
the Berdan's Sharpshooter Preservation Association of Gettysburg, led by
Tom Winter Jr., Tom Vanacore, stone carver, of Bridport, Vermont, the
Vermont Legislature, the Vermont National Guard, and preservationists from
around the country the Co. F, 1st USSS monument has been restored and is
back in place on the Gettysburg battlefield.
In 1994, the marble monument to Co. F, 1st U.S. Sharpshooters, a
Vermont Company which was attached to Dan Sickles' Third Corps during the
battle of Gettysburg, was severely damaged in a wind storm. The monument,
located west of West Confederate Avenue in Pitzer's Woods and first put up
in 1887, was toppled by a falling tree. The fluted column was broken in
two, and a carved eagle perched at the top of the column was smashed to
pieces. For six years, only the remaining base of the monument stood on the
ground where the Vermonters exchanged fire with Wilcox's Brigade of
Alabamians at midday on July 2, 1863.
Starting in 1997, the BSPA raised over $8,000 for the restoration.
In the spring of 1999, the Vermont Legislature allocated $12,000 to help
with the project. With permission from GNMP, the column was trucked to
Vermont to be refabricated, and Vanacore worked through the fall, winter,
and spring carving a new eagle from a block of Danby White marble. With
help from the Vermont National Guard, the entire monument was transported
back to Gettysburg and put back in place June 25.
Rededication of the monument will on Remembrance Day Weekend, Saturday
November 18, 2000, at 9 AM. Representatives from the Gettysburg NMP, the
BSPA, Vermont state government, the Vermont National Guard, and others will
take part in a ceremony featuring reenactors, music, and the reading of
soldier's letters describing the action in Pitzer's Woods.
For more information, contact:
Jack Anderson, 802-457-2398 or e-mail [log in to unmask]
Jack and Dee Anderson
2812 Westerdale Cut Off Road
Woodstock, VT 05091