SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - A sword stolen from a statue depicting Civil War soldiers atop Abraham Lincoln's tomb has been replaced. Chicago sculptor Marshall Svendsen used broken pieces of the recovered sword to make silicone molds for the reconstruction.
A teenager who climbed atop the statue of an artillery battle group in October stole the sword. That sword was itself a copper replica of the original bronze one, which was stolen in 1890.
The State Journal-Register of Springfield reports
that Svendsen volunteered to make a replacement, which he reattached Friday at the tomb in the Illinois state capital. Most of the raw material for the statue came from Civil War cannons that were melted down.
Information from: The State Journal-Register, http://www.sj-r.com
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