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   Friends Offer Reward For Information Related To Park Thefts  
Monday, October 15 2007 @ 01:30 PM EDT
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fotpThe Friends have underwritten a reward offered by the Park for information on recent thefts at its Chickamauga Battlefield unit. Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park Superintendent Shawn Benge announces a reward of $1,000 for information leading to the arrest and successful prosecution of the individuals responsible for the theft of two bronze plaques from monuments at the Battlefield.

On September 11, 2007, Park Rangers discovered that the bronze plaques had been stolen from 42nd and 88th Indiana Infantry Regiment monuments, both located along Glenn-Kelly Road in the Chickamauga Battlefield. Each plaque measures 12” x 18." The monuments were placed on the battlefield in 1898 by Indiana veterans to commemorate their participation in the Battle of
Chickamauga in the fall of 1863.

Superintendent Benge said, “This callous act has robbed the American people of historic cultural resources critical to understanding the battle action at Chickamauga. The memory of all veterans who fought at Chickamauga has been desecrated by this senseless act. I am hopeful that the local community will embrace our efforts to bring those responsible to justice.”

The theft of these commemorative plaques is a felony violation of the federal Archeological Resources Protection Act. Criminal penalties may include up to 5 years imprisonment and a $100,000 fine.

If you have any information about this crime, please contact Supervisory Park Ranger Jim Staub at (706) 866-6627 or via e-mail at Jim_Staub@nps.gov.


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