Looters steal Civil War history at Petersburg National Battlefield
PETERSBURG, VA. (WRIC) — While Americans during the weekend honored citizens who gave their lives in defense of home and country, the National Park Service is still investigating looting that took place at a Civil War battlefield in Virginia earlier last week.
According to the National Parks Service, the initial assessment at Petersburg National Battlefield identified a large number of excavations in the park.
Thieves were likely looking for relics on a field where more than 1,000 Union and Confederate soldiers died fighting during the Siege of Petersburg.
“This is an affront to the memory of people who fought and died on this field and it is destruction and theft of history from the American people,” said Petersburg National Battlefield Superintendent Lewis Rogers. “This kind of aberrant behavior is always disgusting but it is particularly egregious as Memorial Day weekend arrives, a time when we honor the memories of our friends and family.”