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It makes logical sense, when you pause to think about it. But as a rule, it is a factor involving naval operations on the Western rivers that we "land-lubbers" do not fully appreciate... As we know, the U.S. Navy attempted to operate, or did actively engage, in water-borne campaigns against Forts Henry, Donelson and Columbus; and Island No.10. Of those four naval targets, Fort Columbus and Island No.10 were considered (by Flag-Officer Foote) to be of especial danger to Federal gunboat operations. Why? Ozzy