- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 5, 2014

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - Authorities are searching for vandals who damaged stones that honor soldiers who were killed and wounded in the 1779 Battle of Savannah during the American Revolution.

The Savannah Morning News reported Tuesday (https://bit.ly/1fHx4ks) that the weekend vandalism left as much as $25,000 in damage to the Soldiers Stone Monument at Battlefield Memorial Park. The monument features 800 granite stones that sit atop submerged pylons and represent those who died or were wounded.

Authorities say the vandals, whose tire tracks cut circles in the grass and on top of the monument, damaged more than 70 stones. Thirty-five of them had to be removed completely, officials have said.

“There is a piling under each stone, and we had to follow a specific grade to make sure they were all even and on the same elevation,” said Eric Davenport, senior project manager for Coastal Heritage Society Construction Preservation. “We’re going to spend an astonishing amount of time and money trying to get this back to the way it was, and we may never get it back the same way it was.”

Shards of silver from the rims of a vehicle were left behind at the site after the vandalism, Davenport said.

The monument’s property isn’t equipped with security cameras, but Savannah-Chatham police planned to review footage from a traffic camera on nearby Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. Police are urging anyone with information on the vandalism to come forward.

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Information from: Savannah Morning News, https://www.savannahnow.com


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