From March 5 edition of Hagerstown Herald-Mail:
Artifacts stolen from battlefield
SOUTH MOUNTAIN BATTLEFIELD - The theft of artifacts is being investigated at
a second national park in the local area, according to the National Park
Service. Seventy-six holes were discovered at Fox Gap on the Washington
County-Frederick County line on Jan. 17, said Chief Ranger Robert Gray at the
Harpers Ferry Center. The holes could have been a couple of months old, he
A similar case was reported at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park grounds
in late January. Park officials are following leads from tips on that case,
The holes at Fox Gap were north of Reno Monument Road and near the
Appalachian Trail, Gray said. They were on federally owned land, he said.
Looters typically work at night, parking away from the area and walking
through the woods, Gray said. They wear camouflage and use metal detectors
with the handles wrapped in black tape so they don't reflect light, he said.
Park officials don't know what was taken, Gray said. The metal detectors
could have found bullets, buckles or something more valuable, he said. Fox
Gap is a Civil War battlefield where the Battle of South Mountain was fought,
Gray said. A $500 reward is being offered for information that will lead to
an arrest and conviction of the offenders, Gray said. Anyone who saw anything
suspicious in the area at that time may call toll free at 866-677-6677.