Here is a reminder that our national parks are not amusement parks here merely for our edification:

Springfield Man Admits Removing Remains Of Confederate

Soldier From Wilson’s Creek Battlefield

Must Pay Restitution, Perform Community Service



SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – David M. Ketchmark, Acting United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced today that a Springfield, Mo., man has admitted to removing human remains from the Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield.

Coy Matthew Hamilton, 31, of Springfield, must pay $5,351 in restitution to the National Park Service and perform 60 hours of community service as conditions of avoiding federal prosecution.

“It’s a serious offense to disturb an archeological site and to remove remains or artifacts,” Ketchmark said. “We hope this incident will serve to educate the public about the laws that protect our priceless archaeological resources.”

Here is the full press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office.