Columbia, South Carolina: Washington Statue Left Damaged To Show Yankee Evil

Invading Northern troops broke Washington's cane (cane?) and the South has deliberately left it broken. A small plaque on the base of the statue explains its significance.
Address:
Gervais St., Columbia, SC
Directions:
At the base of the steps on the north side of the South Carolina State House.
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Washington Statue Left Damaged To Show Yankee Evil

If it did not have the plaque on the bottom of the statue, you would not know it was vandalized. It looks like an artistic interpretation of George Washington holding a cane/stick out as an offering.

[Randall Sharp, 10/13/2012]
Washington Statue Left Damaged To Show Yankee Evil

This bronze statue of George Washington holds a walking cane that has been broken and left broken. It was damaged by troops of Union General William Tecumseh Sherman, who threw chunks of brick at the monument. The troops were only supposed to destroy property that would aid the Confederate Government in war, and the South has preserved this vandalism as proof of Yankee evil.

[RoadsideAmerica.com Team, 04/18/2007]
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