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The Georgia Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans is offering a $2,000 reward for the arrest and conviction of anyone responsible.
The GBI, Sylvania police and Screven County Sheriff’s Office are investigating. Sylvania is about 195 miles southeast of downtown Atlanta.
The monument was erected on Confederate Memorial Day in 1909 and moved to the city cemetery in the 1950s.
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The incident comes at a time when the Confederate flag and monuments have become contentious issues.
Earlier in August, the city of Alpharetta banned participants from carrying the flag in its annual Old Soldiers Day parade. However, some spectators carried the flag along the parade route.
The Sylvania monument’s base, which is intact, has words inscribed that explain its history.
“To the Confederate soldiers who went from Screven County to fight for the South in the War Between the States and who from 1861 to 1865 nobly illustrated Georgia on the field of battle, this monument is erected by their descendants as a memorial of their deeds.”
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The officer was shot in the stomach in the process, police said.