Confederate General Gets Waxed
Well, it wasn't the most traditional memorial, but somewhere I'm sure that Brigadier General Lloyd Tilghman of the Confederate Army is pleased that his statue at Vicksburg National Military Park has been waxed to remove the patina of age.
Tilghman, a Maryland native who fought for the South during the Civil War, died in the Battle of Champion's Hill near Vicksburg 143 years ago when hit by cannon fire. The Maryland Military Monuments Commission donated $5,000 to the military park to pay for the restoration work, which was performed by a National Park Service specialist from Philadelphia and a conservator from Tuckerbrook Conservation out of Maine.
You can get a glimpse of the work-in-progress, and learn a bit more about the technique, by visiting the Vicksburg Post.