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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The USS Cairo was only in service for 11 months before making history as the first U.S. marine vessel to be sunk by an electronically detonated mine.