From the February 21, 2017, Mass Live.
His sword on the memorial was snapped off and found on the ground. The friends of Public Garden have a "stockpile" of similar swords , though.
The memorial was created by Augustus Saint-Geaudens and unveiled in 1897 after almost 14 years of work. A patented plaster version of the memorial is on display at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C..
And, the memorial has been vandalized before. In 2015, a Charleston man ripped off the sword in a similar manner. In 2012, a woman threw yellow paint at it according to the Boston Globe.
It Is a Sad Thing When Memorials and Statues Get Vandalized. --Old B-Runner