Windsor survived the war, becoming a prominent landmark along the Mississippi River. Mark Twain wrote of its elegance in his treatise, "Life on the Mississippi." But its elegance did not last, for Windsor was destroyed by fire in 1890 when a careless party guest threw a lit cigarette into a waste basket. Windsor ruins were later immortalized by Elizabeth Taylor and Montgomery Cliff in the film "Raintree County."
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President Abraham Lincoln, in speaking of Vicksburg's importance, is reputed to have stated early during the Civil War, "See what a lot of land these fellows hold, of which Vicksburg is the key, the war can never be brought to a close until that key is in our pocket."