New Orleans takes down third of 4 Confederate statues scheduled for removal

NEW ORLEANS — A little after 9 p.m. on Tuesday, a crane was hauled to the entrance of City Park, signaling that the final retreat of the Confederate general Pierre Gustave Toutant Beauregard had begun.

It took some six hours — during which the small crowds sang and bickered, a couple of people were detained by the police, and a brass band came and went — but just after 3 a.m., the six-ton, 102-year-old statue of Beauregard astride a horse was lifted off the pedestal to be crated and stored at an undisclosed warehouse.

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