Mar 5

The 2nd Company “Andrew’s” Massachusetts Sharpshooters monument, situated along “The Loop” on the Stony Hill on the southern end of the Gettysburg battlefield. In the right of frame is the monument to the 110th Pennsylvania. This view was taken facing south at approximately 3:30 PM on Sunday, March 4, 2012.

The monument was vandalized, likely last Wednesday night, with the blue spray paint seen here. This view was taken facing east at approximately 6:50 AM on Thursday, March 1, 2012.

The paint was removed last week by the National Park Service Monument Preservation branch. This view was taken facing east at approximately 3:30 PM on Sunday, March 4, 2012.

We’re extremely pleased with how quickly the paint was removed, and that the Park took a page out of their Preservation Brief #38, which states that “Removing graffiti as soon as it appears is the key to its elimination–and recurrence.” This view was taken facing east at approximately 3:30 PM on Sunday, March 4, 2012.

In the next few images, we’ll celebrate the restored cleanliness of this monument. This view was taken facing west at approximately 3:30 PM on Sunday, March 4, 2012.

Unlike our early morning visit in the fog last week, the Rose Farm is once again visible in the center of this photo, along with the 22nd Massachusetts Monument in the right background. This view was facing west at approximately 3:30 PM on Sunday, March 4, 2012.

This view was taken facing northeast at approximately 3:30 PM on Sunday, March 4, 2012.

This view was taken facing north at approximately 3:30 PM on Sunday, March 4, 2012.

The two flank markers in the bottom right … This view was taken facing southeast at approximately 3:30 PM on Sunday, March 4, 2012.

… are to the 32nd and 22nd Massachusetts Infantry. This view was taken facing south at approximately 3:30 PM on Sunday, March 4, 2012.

This view was taken facing south at approximately 3:30 PM on Sunday, March 4, 2012.

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