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Folks Can Now Adopt Cannons Where Civil War Began

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Confederate Civil War re-enactors fire a cannon. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

Confederate Civil War re-enactors fire a cannon. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

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SULLIVANS ISLAND, S.C. (AP) — A nonprofit group wants folks to adopt cannons at forts where the Civil War began.

Jim Thompson of the Fort Sumter-Fort Moultrie Trust says the group hopes to raise $50,000 to help the National Park Service finish restoring guns at Sumter, in Charleston Harbor, and Moultrie, on nearby Sullivans Island.

The park service has been working for several years with the Clemson University Restoration Institute to restore the guns.

Scientists were at Moultrie on Friday using the latest technology to preserve a gun dating to the 1830s. Instead of taking the barrel off site for restoration, scientists were using super-heated water under extremely high pressure to remove the layers of paint. They will conserve it at the fort.

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