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Stonewall Jackson monument in Manassas vandalized

(PHOTO: National Park Service)

The General Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson monument at Manassas National Battlefield Park was vandalized overnight with paint, the National Park Service reported Wednesday morning.

Officials say, "a large quantity of white paint" was poured over three of the four sides of the monument's granite base with "Dead!!!" spray painted in gold.

Experts assessed the best methods for removing the graffiti without damaging the monument and started the cleanup process by early afternoon.

The Stonewall Jackson monument was built in 1940 and sits at "the site where Jackson first received the nickname 'Stonewall,' at the First Battle of Manassas on July 21, 1861," NPS stated in a press release.

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