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Baltimore swiftly removes Confederate monuments in the dead of night

Crews in Baltimore worked through the night to remove four Confederate monuments after the city council approved the plan Monday evening, the Baltimore Sun reports.

"They needed to come down. My concern is for the safety and security of our people," said Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh in the wake of violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the removal of a statue of Robert E. Lee. Pugh's predecessor, former Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, had introduced a commission to review Baltimore's Confederate statues in June 2015.

"Way to be, Baltimore, sneaky style, and do it in the middle of the night," observed one late night passerby to the Baltimore Sun.

Pugh suggested the statues might be moved to Confederate cemeteries in other parts of Maryland, The New York Times reports.

Although Maryland sided with the Union in the Civil War, 22,000 of its residents fought for the Confederacy, The Guardian reports. In addition to a statue of Robert E. Lee and Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson, the city removed its Confederate Soldiers and Sailors Monument, Confederate Women's Monument, and Roger B. Taney Monument between 11:30 p.m. Tuesday and 5:30 a.m. Wednesday.