Readshaw's raiders

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Pa. descendants drive to preserve
Gettysburg monuments

CONTACT: Jay Purdy (717) 787-7895
HARRISBURG, Oct. 10 - Perpetual care for two monuments at Gettysburg honoring soldiers from the Snyder County area has been secured with a donation by the Friends and Descendants of Co. G. The group presented $2,000 to the Pennsylvania Gettysburg Monuments Project, led by state Rep. Harry Readshaw, D-Allegheny. The project supporters, dubbed "Readshaw's Raiders," have campaigned for three years to ensure the restoration and preservation of 146 small monuments on the Gettysburg battlefield that honor Pennsylvania soldiers who fought there.

Earlier this year, they completed the first phase of the project by securing enough financing to fund cleaning and restoration of the monuments. Now their goal is to establish a trust fund endowment to care for the monuments in the future.

In support of Readshaw's effort, the Friends and Descendants of Co. "G" pledged to raise money for restoration and endowment of all three of the unit's Gettysburg monuments. The latest check presentation covers two monuments on Culp's Hill. The group also has raised several hundred dollars toward the $4,000 needed to endow the unit's third and largest monument at Hardee Field and Geary Avenue.

"The Friends and Descendants of Co. "G" have been with us from the beginning," said Readshaw. "Their loyalty to the 147th Pennsylvania Infantry goes beyond the monuments to researching the regiment and its individual members. "They're ensuring that the experiences and words of these brave men will live for ages to come."

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Updated: October 25, 2000
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