In the midst of ongoing legal battles over Charlottesville City’s reckless, lawless attempt to remove state-protected war monuments from public spaces, the monuments themselves have been integrally damaged.
Charlottesville’s cultural anarchists—previously openly plotting to “tear down” monuments to Robert E. Lee and Thomas Jonathan Jackson—appear to have switched tactics. Mirroring attacks on Civil War monuments in other communities, hammers and/or chisels appear to have been used on the granite bases of the Lee and Jackson sculptures in downtown Charlottesville.
Noses, a sword, a shield, and toes have been damaged on the Jackson monument, while a hammer was taken to the beak of an eagle on the Lee monument.
While widely discussed on social media, the intentional physical destruction of bases upholding these monuments seems to have escaped the purview of local mainstream media and local law enforcement
Recent spray paint vandalism of the statue bases has received broad news coverage. Lee has been cleaned of the paint, while Jackson awaits the attention of City cleaning crews as of September 18.