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Civil War cannon being displayed in Texas City

- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 18, 2014

TEXAS CITY, Texas (AP) - A Civil War cannon from the 1863 sinking of the USS Westfield has a new resting place at a Texas museum just miles from where the ship went down.

Officials at the Texas City Museum on Wednesday welcomed the restored 12-foot cannon for a maritime exhibit.

Preservation experts at Texas A&M University in College Station on Tuesday unveiled the more than 4-ton cannon that was then hauled by truck.

Museum curator Linda Turner says the cannon is on loan from the Navy, courtesy of the Naval History & Heritage Command Underwater Archaeology Branch.

The Westfield was scuttled by its crew during the Battle of Galveston. The cannon was recovered in 2009 during work on the Texas City Ship Channel.

The museum is about 6 miles from where the gunboat sank.

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Online:

http://www.texas-city-tx.org/museum/index.php

http://www.history.navy.mil/branches/nhcorg12.htm

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