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Civil War cannons at Appomattox get a lift

Tuesday - 5/21/2013, 8:17am  ET

APPOMATTOX, Va. (AP) -- Two Civil War-era cannons in Appomattox Court House Square are getting a lift.

On Monday, workers replaced the deteriorating wooden carriages with new metal ones ahead of the weekend's Memorial Day festivities.

Appomattox County Economic Development Director Jeff Taylor tells The News & Advance ( the guns are Napoleon smoothbore howitzers that were built in Richmond in the early 1860s.

One of the carriages had collapsed, causing the cannon to rest on the ground. The other had chunks missing from it.

Museum director Wayne Phelps says he had received a lot of complaints about the broken carriage.

The county paid $35,000 for the metal carriages. It marks the third time they have been replaced since 1961. The metal carriages are expected to last at least 60 years.


Information from: The News & Advance,

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