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Artifacts from Indiana monument moved due to flood basement

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - A leak that sent water into the basement of a historic monument in downtown Indianapolis has prompted curators to move a collection of artifacts documenting Indiana's role in the Civil War.

The Indianapolis Star reports that the Soldiers and Sailors Monument's artifacts, including a cannon, were moved a few blocks north to the Indiana War Memorial.

J. Stewart Goodwin is the executive director of the Indiana War Memorials Commission, which oversees the 284-foot-tall (86-meter-tall) monument. He says that the basement area that houses the Col. Eli Lilly Civil War Museum will flood when it rains a couple inches.

The 115-year-old limestone tower and its grounds were named to the National Historic Landmarks list last year. It's the largest of more than 200 Civil War memorials in the U.S.

This story has been corrected to show the monument and its grounds were named to the National Historic Landmarks list last year, not Jan. 11.

Information from: The Indianapolis Star, http://www.indystar.com

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