Historic cannon missing from Civil War park

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First, it was simply some vandalism near Fort Huger, a Civil War park in northern Isle of Wight, that was reported to the sheriff's office on Aug. 19. The next day, a replica Civil War cannon was gone, along with a historic sign, 1st Sgt. Paul Phelps said.

So far, investigators don't have any leads, he said. The crime scene is in a remote area, so no one saw anything, he said.

Phelps said he doesn't know how someone made off with the cannon, which was behind a low red-brick wall on three pedestals. He doesn't know how much it weighs or what it was made of. He can't tell whether it was a prank, or someone in search of scrap metal, or someone who wanted a piece of history.

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