The return of the Louisiana Monument to the Vicksburg National Military Park will start with a little more demolition. The granite and concrete stump will soon be removed so the 81-foot obelisk can go back up.
For four years, the monuments segments have been on the ground. Joggers, tourists and everyone else will soon see them going back up. The first work crews began setting up the construction area Friday.
The overhaul of the monument, taken down after being damaged by lightning, will be tricky. Putting it back up will be a 10 out of 10 in complexity, park Superintendent Bill Nichols said.
Park Historian Terry Winschel said the Louisiana monument is on the highest point in the county, 397 feet above sea level, on what was the longest and most formidable fort for the Confederate defenses. He said the cost of the original monument was $35,000 to $40,000.
The monument began leaning due to rifts in its base after being struck by lightning twice in May 1999.
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Restoration Begins on County Highpoint Destroyed By Lightning on Vicksburg Battlefield
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