A sword taken from atop Abraham Lincoln’s tomb last fall has a permanent replacement. Two Springfield teenagers were accused of taking the sword in October. Allegedly it came off the monument when one grabbed it while trying to regain his balance. The incident caught international attention when officials thought it was stolen.
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Chicago sculptor Marshall Svendsen, at the urging of his father who heard about it while living in China, agreed to replace it for free. “It’s just something I feel connected to,” he said Friday as he installed the replacement. “I do a lot of monument work, and just the nature of doing bronze casting, I’ve done many firefighter memorials and, you know, been involved in some military memorials.” Svendsen says the broken sword, first installed in 1890, was made of cheap materials and was loosely attached – but this one will be around for a while.