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Toppled Gettysburg battlefield monument regains its footing

Linked in/neat stuff: Fallen firefighter/Strickler reunion
This well-known Gettysburg monument – the 72nd Pennsylvania’s – was reinstalled on its pedestal at the Gettysburg battlefield this week. The monument stands again at an area in which the Union line held against Pickett’s Charge on the third day of fighting 150 years ago. High winds topplied the marker right before the 150th anniversary celebration of the Battle of Gettysburg, the Hanover, Pa., Evening Sun reported: Iconic Gettysburg monument back on the battlefield. It was temporarily repaired for the observance, and now it’s back. It’s surprising when high winds knock over such substantial monuments, but it happens. Also of interest: Headless statue in York’s Salem Square regains its noggin.

More neat stuff from all over … .

The 2013 Journal of York County Heritage will be out soon, featuring an article by the late Charles H. Glatfelter on the Union messenger shot by a farmer at Green Ridge in southwestern York County.

It is believed to be the last scholarly article written by Dr. Glatfelter.

The York County Heritage Trust’s annual journal has a Civil War theme with all four pieces focusing on the conflict in this 150th year of the Battle of Gettysburg. It will be available at the trust’s shop for $6.95.

Meanwhile, the Trust is accepting articles for the fifth annual Journal of York County Heritage.

“This publication was originally created in 2010 to celebrate York County history, material culture, cultural heritage and people,” a call for articles on the trust’s website states.

For details, contact Lila Fourhman-Shaull, director of Library & Archives, at 717-848-1587 or lfourhman-shaull@yorkheritage.org.

Helpful scholarship: The daughter of a York County firefighter – Chris Beaston, who died soon after responding to a call for emergency services – has received a college scholarship. It comes from a group that provides such scholarships – the Vantagepoint Public Employee Memorial Scholarship – to surviving children of public servants.

Chris Beaston’s name is inscribed at the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial in Emmitsburg, Md. That memorial lists the names of those who have died in the line of duty since 1981.

In York County, there have been at least 24 line-of-duty firefighter deaths since 1904, according to the York Daily Record/Sunday News.

The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation’s searchable database: www.firehero.org/memorialpark.

Strickler family members met over the weekend, renewed friendships and discussed preservation.