Jackson Statue damage

The statue of Confederate Gen. Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson in Charlottesville’s Court Square Park also has sustained chisel-like damage in recent months.

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The statues of Confederate Gens. Robert E. Lee and Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson appear to have been damaged again in what is becoming a regular occurrence.

The letters on the base of the Jackson statue identifying the general appear to have been chipped away at and similar damage has been amplified on the allegorical figures of Faith and Valor. Chisel-like damage also has spread on the base of Lee statue.

Previous damage was reported earlier this month and in September.

The Charlottesville Police Department wrote in a news release on Wednesday afternoon that the statues may have been vandalized sometime between 4 p.m. on October 29 and 8:30 a.m. in the morning of October 30.

There is no suspect description at this time, according to the department, but detectives are investigating. Previous incidents remain under investigation.

The latest incident appears to have occurred on Wednesday, the same day as a closed-door meeting for counsel in a lawsuit over the city’s attempt to remove the statues.

Last month, Charlottesville Circuit Court Judge Richard E. Moore largely ruled in favor of the plaintiffs, who filed a lawsuit against the city and City Council challenging the legality of council votes to remove the statues.

Moore issued a permanent injunction preventing the statues from being removed and indicated he would award attorney’s fees to the plaintiffs’ counsel.

However, Moore has not determined how much he will award and, according to Daily Progress news partner NBC29, said on Wednesday that he will not make that determination until after November.

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