30-pound cannonball stolen from Bentonville's Confederate statue

BENTONVILLE, Ark. (KTHV) - A 30-pound cannonball near the base of the Confederate soldier statue in Bentonville has been stolen, according to the county judge's office.

Bentonville police say the cannonball was taken from the statue sometime on Tuesday, September 5. According to CBS affiliate KFSM, the judge's office said the cannonball weighs roughly 30 pounds.

Police are reviewing surveillance footage from businesses on the square to identify a potential suspect.

Following the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia surrounding a Confederate monument, the statue at the Bentonville square has been the subject of controversy. Petitions have been started to both remove the statue and keep it as is.

In 1905, the statue was erected by the United Daughters of the Confederacy. A plaque dedicates the monument to "southern soldiers" and James H. Berry, who served in the Civil War. He later became the only Arkansas governor from Benton County.

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