New Orleans removed a statue honoring Confederate General P.G.T. Beauregard early Wednesday morning, marking the third of four historical monuments the city slated for removal because they were deemed racially offensive. Crews laboring under the glare of floodlights began the work of detaching the bottom of the 14-foot-tall statue – a bronze likeness of

Beauregard on horseback – from its pedestal on Tuesday night while some 200 bystanders looked on near the entrance of City Park. Shortly after 3 a.m. CDT (0800 GMT) on Wednesday, a crane lifted the statue from its base after workers had cleared the area. A stone slab with Beauregard’s name on it also was removed, but the statue’s empty base was left at the site. READ MORE