Flags of Our Fathers | Vatos de Gallos
In Wisconsin, United States
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Cache located at N44°15.ABC W88°25.DEF
Richard Harding Davis is the gent wearing the helmet. Stephen Crane is wearing the white suit.
I've been meaning to put a cache out about this little cluster of monuments for some time, but I didn't think there was room, until now. The cache coordinates will bring you to the center of a cluster of monuments in Peirce Park. The first is a plaque that contains Lincoln's famous address, the second is a statue of an Indian woman, and the third is a monument to the boys lost in the Spanish war, most of whom perished not from battle wounds, but from Typhoid Fever.
Now it would be a simple thing for me to just pull numbers from these plaques for a field solve, but what are you going to learn from that except that you only know the first two lines of the Gettysburg Address? Besides, that's fodder for another cache to come...
So, let this instead be a lesson to you, a history lesson of Wisconsin's 2nd Volunteer Infantry and it's 6 month muster and service in the Spanish War on the shores of Puerto Rico. This is fascinating stuff, mind you, and I wouldn't bore you if it wasn't. Here are your questions to answer:
A. The number of deserters from the 2nd Wisconsin during its brief muster.
B. The first Spanish flag captured in Puerto Rico, in Coamo, was surrendered to this many military officers.
C. During its brief muster, this many soldiers of the 2nd Wisconsin who called Appleton home, died from Typhoid.
D. The Spanish war memorial at the park has 2 tall pillars and this many short pillars.
E. The author of The Red Badge of Courage was relieved of his command of Juana Díaz on this August day, just 3 days after he captured it.
F. Many more men died from Typhoid than did from the actual war. Subtract the first digit of the number of Typhoid related deaths from the last digit to get this single digit number.
I hope you have learned something about the Spanish war that you perhaps didn't know before. I certainly did, including this bit of wisdom. If you're going to waltz into a town filled with your enemy, it's best to have a few Home Boys at your side.
(No hints available.)
Last Updated: on 12/7/2012 7:22:39 AM (UTC-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada) (3:22 PM GMT)
Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum