Pending a lawsuit filed by the 26th NC Troops in March of this year and a cease-and-desist order imposed by the NC Court of Appeals, the removal of the Vance Monument is still on hold.
Most of the structure is down, with the stones being stored in a secured, undisclosed location.
The 26th NC Troops had raised more than $138,000 for the obelisk’s restoration in 2015; in its lawsuit, the group says demolition would be “a breach of contract.” The organization honors the rebel Confederacy’s 26th NC Regiment in the Civil War, most famous for its participation in the Battle of Gettysburg and the siege of Petersburg.
The court-ordered delay on the removal of the monument is costing the city of Asheville approximately $32,000 for additional security and storage costs, over and above the original $114,150 paid to remove the monument. Capital Projects Director Jade Dundas said the costs may continue to grow depending on the time the stoppage remains in place.