More Civil War site vandalism

Posted on February 27, 2009 by

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Richard beat me to this one by posting about this already, just this morning; but I’ve got a little to say about this stuff.

I’m just back (as of an hour ago) from a morning drive over to McDowell. My objective was to capture images (for HMDB) of all of the different markers between Ft. Edward Johnson and McDowell (and I crept over to Monterey to capture images of two things over there as well). Well, the Ft. Edward Johnson walking tour went just fine, but when I touched down at the first set of markers at McDowell, there it was, sure as shootin’! Both the CWPT and VCWT markers were vandalized.

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No, it’s not measurable with what took place at the Peace Monument in Gettysburg, but the vandalism still has a financial impact on all those who work hard in making sure that sites like this are properly interpreted. As one who has spent a good deal time raising money for about a dozen Civil War Trails markers (about $2,600 each) and written the text for quite a few more, this irks me to no end. Of course, I know I’m “preaching to the choir” here, but the clean-up on these signs may actually take a little more than some elbow grease. The damage to the face of the signs may be justification enough for a replacement panel… and that means more money.

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