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MUSEUM WILL RETURN TOWN'S CIVIL WAR CANNON

A Civil War cannon that adorned a village cemetery for almost a century before being quietly sold by local officials to a private museum in Pennsylvania is apparently headed back home, the museum's owner said Friday.

"It's all been settled," said Ken Watterson, who purchased the Union muzzleloader in December for his Civil War Artillery Museum near Pittsburgh. "When they reimburse me for my costs, I will send their cannon back."

The cast-iron cannon, forged in 1862, was hauled away from tiny Greenwood Cemetery a few weeks ago. The five-member Town Board accepted $15,000, plus a replica cannon valued at $5,000, and purposely told only a few people in this community of 2,800 in Orleans County.

Members of veterans groups who think the town was duped into selling off a vital piece of its heritage showed up in force to vent their rage at a board meeting Thursday night.

In a telephone call with Town Supervisor John Becker on Friday morning, Watterson said he decided to sell the cannon back.

Ben Jones, an Air Force reservist. said the cannon was secured from the federal government by a local congressman in 1909 and dedicated on Memorial Day.

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