Restricted Arkansas Memorial NOT vandalized


1st Lieutenant
Forum Host
Feb 20, 2005
Dillsburg, PA
Recently, monument preservation staff at Gettysburg National Military Park applied a biological cleaning solution to the Arkansas memorial. The cleaning solution kills mold, algae, lichens, and any other sort of biological growths that, if left untreated, could cause the stone to deteriorate.

Staff have gotten favorable results from applying the solution during a rainstorm, since this allows the dead biological material to be rinsed away by the rain.

The biological material turns different colors while it is being killed, and the overall effect is to leave a dark color on the stone temporarily. The dark color will be bleached away by the sun over the ensuing days.

It seems that some people observed the dark color on the Arkansas Memorial shortly after the rainstorm during which the cleaning solution was applied, jumped to the conclusion that the monument had been vandalized, and started spreading rumors to that effect on social media. I don't think that happened here on CivilWarTalk.

The GNMP staff says they appreciate public interest in protecting the battlefield's resources, but they cordially ask visitors who suspect monument vandalism to contact park staff first before taking to social media. This can best be done by e-mail (via the Contact Us link on the park's website) or in person at the Visitor Center.