Enoch Autry, Savannah Morning News, August 31, 2018
The Sylvania Police Department, Screven County Sheriff’s Department and Georgia Bureau of Investigation are investigating the vandalism of a statue of a soldier that was found broken off from its base and located Friday morning broken into multiple pieces laying on the ground.
A local landscape company went to the Screven Memorial Cemetery on East Ogeechee Street on Friday for regular maintenance of the cemetery and discovered the Screven County Confederate Dead Monument virtually destroyed, according to a release from the City of Sylvania who oversees the cemetery.
The monument was erected on Confederate Memorial Day, April 26, 1909, and moved to the city cemetery in the 1950s when the city turned the downtown Main Street park — where the monument was originally located — into a parking lot.
Inscribed on the base of the monument which remains intact are these words:
“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.”