Reproduction Civil War cannons go to Memphis park

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Four reproduction Civil War cannons will be installed in Memphis' Confederate Park, replacing real Civil War cannons that were sacrificed during World War II as part of a scrap-metal drive.

The park later displayed World War II cannons. Those were removed in 2009 to be renovated and placed in Overton Park's Veterans Plaza.

The reproduction cannons will be installed Wednesday by the N. B. Forrest Camp Sons of Confederate Veterans, the Riverfront Development Corp. and the Shelby County Historical Commission.

The replica cannon barrels were produced by Steen Cannon Works in Kentucky. The carriages are antiques that were refurbished and painted. The guns will be assembled off-site and then moved by trailer and crane to their new home.


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