By BEN DOBBIN, Associated Press Writer
Sun Aug 14, 3:13 PM ET
“GROTON, N.Y. – Since 1994, Bruce Stiles has coaxed towns from Nebraska to New Hampshire to sell their Civil War cannons, iron and bronze sentinels that have graced cemeteries and parks for a century or more.
His success in obtaining dozens of muzzleloaders for private collectors in Pennsylvania stirs unrest wherever he goes, but usually after the fact. Weeks or even months can go by before residents even realize their veterans’ memorial has been whisked away.”