A monument to Stonewall Jackson was vandalized overnight at Manassas National Battlefield Park, according to the National Park Service.
The vandalism was discovered at 6:30 a.m. Wednesday, and preservation experts are trying to determine the best way to remove the paint, oils and residue, park service spokesperson Jenny Anzelmo-Sarles said.
A large quantity of white paint was poured onto the monument and the word "Dead!!!" was spray painted, she said.
Park police ask anyone with information to call 301-714-2235.
The monument was erected in 1940 at the site where Jackson first received the nickname “Stonewall” at the Battle of First Manassas on July 21, 1861.
The vandalism follows a contentious meeting of the Prince William Board of County Supervisors on Tuesday night. The supervisors refused to debate a resolution that would have supported renaming streets and buildings that honor Confederate military and political leaders, and Chairman Corey Stewart had the room cleared when people yelled out in protest.
The incident at the battlefield is the latest example of vandalism at Confederate memorials after a counter-protester was killed at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville in early August. The death of Heather Heyer drew national attention to Confederate symbols and has led citizens to call for their removal from public spaces.
The flagpole of a controversial Confederate flag flying along Interstate 95 was found vandalized earlier this week. And vandalism has been reported at a Confederate statue in Leesburg and at a Confederate memorial at a Fairfax cemetery.