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Old 04-10-2007, 08:45 PM   #1991
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well...hmmm...its some sort of memorial in a park of an anchor to a famous ship...am I close? USS Cole maybe?
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Old 04-10-2007, 09:17 PM   #1992
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You are so "not close" that you are in Antarctica. Keep on guessin'!
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Old 04-10-2007, 10:41 PM   #1993
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That's in Columbus-Belmont State Park in Ohio. It's Polk's giant chain, used to keep the northern supply boats from going up and down the river, supplying Union forces.
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Close, Phinzy-Poo, but no ceegar!
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Old 04-10-2007, 11:06 PM   #1995
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Then it might have something to do with the Battle of Belmont.
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Old 04-10-2007, 11:07 PM   #1996
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Confederate General Leonidas Polk fortified the area now occupied by the park beginning September 3, 1861. The fort at Columbus was built upon a bluff along the cutside of the river. The fort was christened Fort DeRussey, but Polk referred it as the Gibraltar of the West. He had equipped it with a massive chain that was stretched across the Mississippi to Belmont, Missouri, to block the passage of Union gunboats and supply vessels to and from Southern destinations in the western theaters of the war.[1] Equipped also with 143 cannons, Columbus was the Northern-most Confederate base along the Mississippi, protecting Memphis, Vicksburg and other key Southern holdings. As the northern terminus of the Mobile and Ohio Railroad, Columbus was logistically tied to Confederate supply lines. The primary attraction in the park continues to be Polk's giant chain, which is estimated to have been over a mile long before flooding and erosion destroyed part of it. With an anchor weighing between four and six tons and each chain link being eleven inches long, the Civilian Conservation Corps built a stone monument to hold the chain in 1934
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Still...wrongo! Hmmmmm.
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Honestly, pictures I find show the exact same anchor and chain, and all refer to the chain and General Polk.
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Yup. That part's right.
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And it's in Columbus-Belmont park. I don't know what else I'm supposed to give. Polk called it The Gibraltar of the West. Location: Columbus-Belmont State Park Significance: Used to stop Union supply boats from utilizing the river, it stretched from Missouri to Kentucky.
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