Massachusetts Civil War monument getting a makeover

ATTLEBORO, Mass. (AP) — The city of Attleboro’s 110-year-old Civil War monument is getting a makeover.

The Sun Chronicle reports that the city council has voted 8-1 to appropriate more than $44,000 for the restoration work.

The 35-foot high granite and bronze monument in Capron Park has been eroded and damaged by vandals who stole bronze cannonballs and a bronze sword from the structure. The statue of a soldier on the top of the monument has come loose, which could cause cracks in the granite base that supports it. The granite itself is stained and worn.

The renovation work includes restoring the bronze parts to their original dark brown hue, removing the stains, applying a sealant and replacing missing pieces.

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The job is expected to be completed over a three-week period, possibly this spring.

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Information from: The (Attleboro, Mass.) Sun Chronicle, http://www.thesunchronicle.com

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