Monuments and memorials represent our past, the collective history of our forbearers. Those silent sentinels in city parks and on the battlefields speak of a different age told through the creative hands of long ago sculptors. This multitude of artwork, although erected in place for generations into the future, at times requires a general cleaning or corrective action due to vandalism. Working with local, state and the national government, Mr. Casteel has and can assist in these measures, whether it be stone or bronze maintenance and /or detail replacement. Mr. Casteel is available for consultation on any monument preservation project requiring quality workmanship. Please contact Mr. Casteel via email and explain your needs.

7th West Va. Infantry Monument, Gettysburg, Pa. Mr. Casteel is presently working with the National Park Service at Gettysburg to restore the monument honoring the 7th. Over the years, all four granite cannonballs that were once attached to the top corners of the shaft have been stolen through vandalism. In an effort to raise the funds to restore this venerable monument, Mr. Casteel, in cooperation with Valley Arts Publishing, has created 4 different art prints representing the W.Va monuments at Gettysburg. The funds raised through the sale of the prints, will insure the installation of the missing cannonballs.

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The 4th Ohio lnf. Monument was erected and dedicated in 1887. This unusual monument appearing to be stone but in actuality is cast zinc. This inexpensive material was used for decades by foundries until it was learned that it did not maintain the strength factor of bronze, thus early cracking followed by monument collapse would generally occur. This nearly happened with this large monument however the Park maintenance staff constructed an interior support frame to carry the load and therefore guarantee the structures viability for years to come. The Sculptor was contracted to sculpt and erect one of the flank markers that was hit by an automobile. The replacement was cast in zinc as the original.
121st Pennsylvania Vol. Infantry Monument - Gettysburg National Park: The 121st Pa. Vol. lnf. Monument was erected in 1888. In 2014 vandals stole the bronze cartridge box and bayonet that graced the lower front of the monument. Through research in the Park archives, photographs of the original work enabled the Sculptor to reproduce the piece. Cast in bronze as the original, Park maintenance staff along with the Sculptor, attached the artwork back into its original location to restore the dignity of the monument.
18th Pennsylvania Cavalry Monument - Gettysburg National Park: The 18th Pennsylvania Cav. Monument was erected in 1889. A few years ago, vandals broke off the granite ear of the horse head in relief. The Sculptor working with Park Maintenance staff, sculpted the replacement ear and attached it back on its original location. Today it is once again a glowing example of the tribute to our War Between the States veterans.
Doughboy Monument - Emmitsburg, Md.: In 1927 a monument honoring the local's veterans of WWI was erected beside Main Street in the city. The monument consisted of a sandstone pedestal with bronze tablet and a bronze life size WWI soldier standing atop the pedestal, preparing to throw a grenade while rifle in the opposite hand. After being struck twice by vehicles over the years and repaired, the third incident required a complete new pedestal and restoration of the bronze figure. This was accomplished by the Sculptor and his team to the total admiration of the community that rededicated the monument and honored their collective past.