Civil War activist opposes OH cemetery cannon sale

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WILMINGTON, Ohio (AP) -- A Civil War heritage activist is taking aim at a southwest Ohio cemetery's plan to sell its two cannons from that era.

The Sugar Grove Cemetery in Wilmington wants to sell the cannons and replace them with reproductions. The cemetery's board says having the cannons increases insurance costs. The cemetery also could use the money, expecting to get $50,000 or so for the cannons.

The Wilmington News Journal reports (http://bit.ly/SibAFP ) the plan is opposed by a member of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War. Area resident Bob Grim says the cemetery doesn't have the right to sell the cannons. He says they were donated or loaned to local governments for memorial displays.

He has asked Clinton County officials to intervene, or says his group will sue.

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Information from: Wilmington News Journal, http://www.wnewsj.com/