$1,000 reward offered for information leading to arrest
The Civil War Monument at the intersection of Lilac Avenue and 265th Street was vandalized for the second time in less than three weeks when vandals dumped red oil-based paint on one of the large stones and stole the bronze plaque attached to it.
Todd Sprouse, President of the Davis County Guerrilla Raid Society, which erected the monument in 2005, said the incident likely happened Saturday morning. Large pools of spilled paint were still tacky when a passerby discovered the damage at 5:30 p.m. and notified Nancy Clancy, a member of the Society.
Two members of the Bloomfield Fire Department responded to Clancy’s plea for help in cleaning the monument. Power washing partially removed the paint; solvents and steel brushes completed the job.
The vandals also stole the Third National Confederate flag, which was flying above the monument. This was the third flag that was stolen from the site in June. One was stolen June 1, one on June 8, and one on June 27. Three similar Confederate flags were stolen between January 1 and May 31 of this year, Clancy said.
Sprouse said it would likely cost around $4,000 to replace the bronze plaque that was stolen, and the cost of replacing the flag is nearly $50.
“The Third National Confederate flag is the one that would have been flying in 1864 when guerrilla raiders came through Davis County,” Clancy said, explaining the reason for the special flag.
The monument was erected to mark the northernmost point of the Civil War as guerrilla raiders invaded Davis County on October 12, 1864, killing three men and raiding numerous farmsteads.
Clancy and Sprouse said the monument was not designed to honor the Confederacy, but was erected to honor the memory of the Davis County residents who were killed or suffered at the hands of the Confederate raiders.
The goal of the Guerrilla Raid Society right now is to discover who is responsible for the vandalism and bring them to justice.
The Society this week installed several cameras near the site, and Sheriff Dave Davis is asking anyone with information to call his office at 641-664-2385.
Sprouse said he is offering a $1,000 reward to anyone who provides information leading to the recovery of the plaque and arrest of those involved.