High winds in the winter of 2004 had knocked the head off of an old bronze statue of a Civil War infantryman in Salem Square in downtown York, Pennsylvania. The headless Yankee stood watch over the neighborhood for over two years, attracting the attention of passing motorists. The early 1900s-vintage statue, in need of other repairs, was finally removed and restored this past winter. It was reinstalled and rededicated this past weekend. The statue was dedicated to the York Rifles, a local militia unit that was formed during the American Revolution and stayed active through the Civil War, when several members joined the 87th Pennsylvania.
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