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Civil War memorial in Portsmouth damaged

March 2, 2012
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PORTSMOUTH, N.H.—Portsmouth officials suspect that whoever caused $10,000 worth of damage to a 124-year-old Civil War memorial in the New Hampshire city had intended to sell the stolen parts as scrap metal.

Sometime in the last three weeks, thieves removed a 200-pound stack of sculptured cannon balls from the city's Soldiers and Sailors monument. The monument was erected in 1888 to honor Civil War veterans and was restored in 2003.

Public Works Director Steve Parkinson told the Portsmouth Herald (http://bit.ly/wv8zkS) it would've taken at least two people to remove the cannon balls. The cannon ball stack, made from a zinc alloy, was found dumped over a guard rail in New Castle, and Parkinson suspects the thieves got rid of it after realizing there is no market for the zinc.

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