Rare Civil War cannons return to former governor's mansion

CRANSTON, R.I. - A pair of rare Civil War cannons has been returned to the mansion of the Rhode Island governor.

Officials from Cranston and the Rhode Island National Guard gathered Tuesday at the Sprague Mansion in Cranston to mark the return. They pulled a cloth off the cannons to unveil them.

The National Guard took the cannons from the mansion in April for an inspection. The National Guard and the city then had to negotiate a new agreement for their safekeeping.

Cranston Mayor Allan Fung says the mansion is the cannons' rightful home.

Cranston Historical Society president Sandra Moyer says the cannons help tell the story of former Gov. William Sprague and the Civil War.

The cannons were used to train Rhode Island soldiers after President Abraham Lincoln called for troops in 1861.

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