Lincoln's Tomb Gets Sword Back

Chicago sculptor reconstructs broken blade

Sunday, May 13, 2012  |  Updated 11:16 AM CDT
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Someone climbed atop Lincoln's Tomb and stole a copper sword from the statue of a Civil War officer.

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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.

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