Civil War group, city of Muskego fight over cemetery upkeep

MUSKEGO, Wis - MUSKEGO, Wis. (AP) -- A chapter of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War is battling with the city of Muskego over the upkeep of a local cemetery.

   Luther Park Cemetery is home to about five dozen graves, including those of Civil War veterans Homer Clark and Jonathan Smiley.

   The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports ( ) the Wind Lake chapter of the Sons of Union Veterans has sued to get the gravesites mowed.

   The city says the property is maintained to preserve the land's natural history, and that it provides a sanctuary for the last native prairie in the community.

   The city recently cut weeds and flowers in the area so the Civil War group could hold a memorial ceremony Sunday. But the larger dispute remains unsettled.

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