- Posted on November 13, 2011 at 3:47pm by Christopher Santarelli
After preserving the Union and ending the abomination of slavery only to meet his demise by a cowardly bullet shot to the back of the head, it is more than expected that our 16th President be allowed to rest in peace. Unfortunately, thieves appear to believe otherwise, as the 3-foot long copper sword attached to a bronze statue of a civil war artillery officer over President Abraham Lincoln’s tomb in Springfield has gone missing.
The Springfield State Journal-Register reports that an employee noticed that the sword was cut from the statue last week. Dave Blanchette, a spokesman for the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, told the Journal-Register that the theft is believed to have been the first to state property at the Lincoln Tomb State Historic Site since 1890:
“‘We just cannot imagine why someone would even think about doing it, let alone climb up the steps and actually do it,’ Blanchette said.
Site officials plan to repair the statue, he said.”
Other than the theft, no significant damage was done to the rest of the statue. CBS St. Louis notes that the same sword was stolen in 1890. While officials noticed the sword missing last week, CBS reports that officials think the sword was stolen sometime between September and early November. The statue is on the tomb’s balcony which is closed to visitors, leading staff to believe that the the thief must have come at night when there were no guards.
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