A civil war statue erected in 1909 was severely damaged and taken down by vandals early Thursday morning in front of the Colorado State Capitol.

According to The Denver Channel, Denver police are investigating the incident that happened around 1:30 a.m. Thursday. So far no arrests have been made.

Depicting a Civil War cavalryman with a rifle in his hand, the statue was designed by Capt. Jack Howland. Howland belonged to the First Colorado Cavalry, which was led by Colonel John Chivington, and participated in the Sand Creek Massacre in 1864.

Photos from the scene of the vandalism show spray-painted messages on the base of the statue and the cavalryman lying on the ground.


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