Bronze sword that mysteriously went missing from Revolutionary War statue returned

Officials in Vermont say that a bronze sword that recently went missing from the statue of a Revolutionary War general has been returned.

The sword is thought to have gone missing from the statue of Gen. John Stark at the Bennington Battle Monument on Friday, according to the Bennington Banner.

THE FOURTH SKELETON THAT MAY BE THE REMAINS OF A REVOLUTIONARY WAR SOLDIER DISCOVERED BENEATH HISTORIC HOUSE

The bronze sword went missing from the statue of General John Stark.

The bronze sword went missing from the statue of General John Stark. (Vermont Division for Historic Preservation)

“Thankfully it was returned and discovered sticking in the ground next to the statue this morning,” said Laura Trieschmann, Vermont’s state historic preservation officer, in an email to Fox News Wednesday. “It is a separately cast piece and can therefore hopefully be reattached easily.”

While many statues have been targeted by protesters in the wake of George Floyd’s death in police custody, it is not clear why the sword was removed from the Stark statue.

NEWLY DISCOVERED DOCUMENTS REVEAL PATRIOT PASTOR'S TRAGIC TALE, REVOLUTIONARY WAR JEWISH PERSECUTION

The sword was returned and discovered sticking in the ground near the statue.

The sword was returned and discovered sticking in the ground near the statue. (Vermont Division for Historic Preservation)

“We have no indications that the sword’s disappearance was linked to ongoing protests around the country that are targeting statues and no indications if it was intentional or accidental,” said Trieschmann, in the email. “Either way, we appreciate its return.”

The Bennington monument commemorates the battle on Aug. 16, 1777, when Stark led an American force to victory over British troops. The battle is regarded as a turning point in the Revolutionary War.

CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP

A general view of the General John Stark Bennington Civil War Battle Monument and Visitor Center on October 31, 2014 in Bennington, Vermont - file photo.

A general view of the General John Stark Bennington Civil War Battle Monument and Visitor Center on October 31, 2014 in Bennington, Vermont - file photo. (Photo by Paul Marotta/Getty Images)

The statue was donated to the monument in 2000. “This statue was cast from a plaster model executed in 1889 by American sculptor Jon Rogers,” explains the Bennington Battle Monument, on its website. “Stark is in a heroic pose, stepping forward with an outstretched arm pointing toward the approaching British.”

Follow James Rogers on Twitter @jamesjrogers