Advertisement

Artifacts stolen from battlefield

March 05, 2002

SOUTH MOUNTAIN BATTLEFIELD - The theft of artifacts is being investigated at a second national park in the local area, according to the National Park Service.

Seventy-six holes were discovered at Fox Gap on the Washington County-Frederick County line on Jan. 17, said Chief Ranger Robert Gray at the Harpers Ferry Center. The holes could have been a couple of months old, he said.

A similar case was reported at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park grounds in late January. Park officials are following leads from tips on that case, Gray said.

The holes at Fox Gap were north of Reno Monument Road and near the Appalachian Trail, Gray said. They were on federally owned land, he said.

Advertisement

Looters typically work at night, parking away from the area and walking through the woods, Gray said. They wear camouflage and use metal detectors with the handles wrapped in black tape so they don't reflect light, he said.

Park officials don't know what was taken, Gray said. The metal detectors could have found bullets, buckles or something more valuable, he said.

Fox Gap is a Civil War battlefield where the Battle of South Mountain was fought, Gray said.

A $500 reward is being offered for information that will lead to an arrest and conviction of the offenders, Gray said. Anyone who saw anything suspicious in the area at that time may call toll free at 866-677-6677.

The Herald-Mail Articles
|
|
|