The war against Confederate monuments continues, this time in the form of vandalism in one of Georgia's historic cemeteries.
According to Department Lt. Danny Story, as told to ABC News Tuesday, the statue of a Confederate soldier that has stood in the cemetery for more than a century-- located in the city of Rome -- has incurred $200,000 worth of damage. An investigation is underway:
"It has been reported, the damage has been estimated and, yes, [we] are investigating."
The hands of the statue -- as well as its rifle -- were removed from the monument. In addition, its face was bashed in.
The costly, ruinous act follows a line of left-wing vandalism: radicals seem to have very little regard for property which does not belong to them. On Inauguration Day last November, protesters did more than $100,000 worth of damage to the nation's capitol, and when Milo Yiannopoulos attempted an appearance at California's UC Berkeley, radicals caused $100,000 in campus destruction.
As for monuments reflective of the Old South, 2017 has seen a multitude of crimes. To name a few: a plaque commemorating Jefferson Davis was tarred and feathered in Arizona; a memorial for slain Confederate soldiers was painted at the state capitol in Phoenix; a memorial in Tampa Florida was covered with bloodlike red paint; a West Palm Beach monument was defaced with graffiti and damaged; a statue was defaced in Atlanta's Piedmont Park; in Indiana, police arrested a man who allegedly hammered a monument to Confederate prisoners of war.
Sammy Rich, Rome's City Manager, expressed his disappointment over the vandalism to the Rome News-Tribune last week:
“It’s just super disappointing that somebody would go to that much trouble to get up there, put a ladder up or whatever to reach it...It looked like it was surgically cut."
In August, President Trump expressed similar displeasure over the removal of some of the nation's historic Confederate monuments:
"Sad to see the history and culture of our great country being ripped apart with the removal of our beautiful statues and monuments. You can't change history, but you can learn from it."
According to archives from the University of Georgia, Rome's statue was erected in 1887, three decades after Myrtle Hill Cemetery's opening, in tribute to the Confederate soldiers there. More than 360 soldiers -- from both the Confederacy and the Union -- are buried at Myrtle Hill.