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Who stole Civil War portrait over urinal?


MARIETTA, Ga. -- Another Civil War related theft has hit the historic Kennesaw House in Marietta.

The first was in 1862 when some Union spies stole a steam engine parked in front of the hotel and lead Confederates on what became known as "The Great Locomotive Chase".

Now 150 years later, someone has stolen a Civil War portrait from what is now the Marietta Museum of History.

"Unfortunately somebody walked into one of our major rooms here and lifted a portrait, which I consider a dastardly thing to do," museum founder Dan Cox told 11 Alive News on Thursday.

Not just any portrait, but General William Tecumseh Sherman, the Union commander famous and infamous for cutting Georgia in two and burning down much of Atlanta.

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Free phone app provides St. Louis Civil War highlights.




Anyone who has toured the historic Civil War battlefield at Gettysburg understands how useful an audio guide can be.

Now, St. Louisans can download a free phone app that provides information about local events and locations tied to the conflict, said Angie Dietz, a spokesperson for the Missouri History Museum.

Based on the book "The Civil War in St. Louis" by William C. Winter, the app allows the user to:

• Pinpoint location of important Civil War related sites in the St. Louis area.

• Use a GPS-enabled map to find historic places, and also follow recommended tour routes based on the user’s location.

• Explore a "pinch-and-zoom" photo gallery.

• Listen to a narrator explain historic locations connected to the Civil War and relate background stories about those events.

The app currently is compatible with Android, iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. To obtain the app — which is free — folks can visit the iTunes store or visit the Google Play store on Android and search for "Missouri History Museum."

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54th Regiment Sculpture Defaced by Vandalism

54th Regiment Sculpture Defaced by Vandalism from Chris Lovett on Vimeo.

 The Massachusetts 54th Regiment sculpture on Boston Common is defaced by a 38 year-old woman from Quincy who allegedly splashed the Civil War monument with yellow paint. She has been ordered to undergo a mental health evaluation. Report for BNN News. Aired August 1, 2012.