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Monument fixes could get under way in March

December 08, 2004|by JULIE E. GREENE

SHARPSBURG - Work to repair the Maryland State Soldiers Monument at Antietam National Battlefield could begin in March, battlefield Superintendent John Howard said Tuesday.

The estimated $285,000 project will be paid for by the National Park Service, private donors and the State of Maryland, which is contributing approximately $40,000, Howard said.

The dome will be removed and the frame that holds the dome will be rebuilt, Howard said.

Work also will be performed on the Peace statue on top of the monument to increase ventilation, Howard said. Air needs to be introduced to the one-piece monument to keep it dry, he said.

The monument was dedicated in 1900 and took about two years to build, Howard said.

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