LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A well-known monument in the Highlands neighborhood was vandalized sometime between late Saturday night and early Sunday morning.

The John Breckinridge Castleman monument at Cherokee Circle was covered in orange paint by vandals. The words "never again" appeared to be painted on the horse statue.

According to a plaque on the monument, Castleman was a Confederate officer during the Civil War and later served in the U.S. Army years after as a Brigadier General. The statue was erected in 1913.

Castleman was also a pioneer for Louisville's original Olmsted Parks.

Several neighbors in the area located at Cherokee Parkway and Cherokee Road stopped to look at the damage Sunday morning. Many of them expressed their disappointment, saying the vandalism was sad to see. Some people said the monument has been vandalized with graffiti in the past, but never with bright -colored paint. 

Other neighbors passing by told WDRB News the paint was an "improvement" to the monument.

Metro Louisville employees arrived around 10 a.m. Sunday to begin cleaning the monument with pressure washers, but left shortly after fearing the power washing would damage the bronze on the historical monument. 

LMPD officers were at the scene, but no information on the incident has been released.

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