KENDALL, N.Y. (AP) -- 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 will be sent back soon to upstate New York, 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. It's not worth an elected official losing his job."
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 town of 2,800 in farm country near Lake Ontario.
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.
Town Supervisor John Becker assured about 200 people crowded into a high school auditorium that the 816-pound cannon was better off in a museum -- safe from vandals, thieves and harsh weather.
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