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Waynesboro leaders looking to remove Confederate monument from park

(© Gary L Hider –

Waynesboro City Council has set a Dec. 13 public hearing on the removal and relocation of the Col. William H. Harman monument in Constitution Park downtown.

Oh, no, this won’t get the crazies out.

Harman was a Confederate Army colonel who died in the March 2, 1865 Battle of Waynesboro. A former Augusta County Commonwealth’s attorney, Harman was one of the commanders of forces that seized the arsenal at Harper’s Ferry in 1861, a day after the Commonwealth voted to secede from the Union.

A Waynesboro native, Harman had also served in Mexican-American War, before being elected Commonwealth’s attorney in 1851.

He served as Commonwealth’s attorney until the beginning of the Civil War.

A notice announcing the Dec. 13 public hearing – set for the meeting that begins at 7 p.m., and will be held at Kate Collins Middle School – also reported that the city will be accepting offers for the monument through Dec. 13 at 4:30 p.m.

Sounds like city leaders already know what they want to do ahead of the public hearing, eh?

I’ll note here that I drove out to Constitution Park this afternoon to try to snap a photo to run with this story, but I couldn’t find the monument anywhere.

It may have been moved from where I knew it to be to another location. I’ll follow up with the city to find out more on that.

Story by Chris Graham