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Illinois museum stands its ground over Gen. Santa Anna's leg
Illinois museum stands its ground over Gen. Santa Anna's leg

Illinois museum officials say their Lone Star State counterparts have no leg to stand on as they seek a prosthesis from Springfield. The curator of the Illinois State Military Museum plans to keep Mexican Gen. Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna's wooden leg despite a failed petition that sought to temporarily display the artifact in suburban Houston. For Texans, it seems to be a bit of a sore point that the artificial limb resides in a glass case 875 miles northeast of the Alamo. But folks here say the leg, a battlefield trophy captured by soldiers from Illinois in 1847 in the Mexican-American War, is a piece of local military history that's a big draw at the downstate museum. ...

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