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Disaster on the Mississippi: The Sultana Explosion, April 27, 1865

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On 27 April 1865, the side-wheel steamboat Sultana's boilers exploded and more than 1,700 people died -- the worst marine disaster in U.S. history. Most of the victims in the heavily overcrowded boat were recently released Union prisoners-of-war. This book looks at the tragedy through the eyes of the victims that survived and their rescuers. ...more
Hardcover, 346 pages
Published May 1st 1996 by US Naval Institute Press
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Tom Mathews
Jun 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: lovers of history
My great-great grandparents, Harvey and Ann Annis and their youngest daughter, Belle, were on the Sultana when it exploded. Harvey and Belle were lost. Ann was the only woman to survive the greatest maritime disaster in American history.
Avis Black
Nov 15, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: disaster
Disaster on the Mississippi is about the boiler explosion on the steamboat Sultana while it was packed with Union soldiers, many of them just released from Southern prison camps. It was the worst steamboat accident of its day, leaving over 1200 people dead. Steamboats were highly mistrusted in their maiden years, and it was not unusual for passengers to be towed on a flatboat behind the steamer rather than riding on it. But by the Civil War, some of this anxiety had worn off, despite the fact th ...more
Dianne McMahan
May 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Forgotten Explosion of the Civil War

I live in TN.and have read much of the States History,but had never heard of this incident,but upon seeing a mention of it,in a forgotten article wanted to learn more.
Gene Salecker ,the author had been collecting info on this Steam shipwreck since 1978 and has done a tremendous job of applying what he has learned into a book,that makes you feel the pain and anguish,of each soldier,deck hand and civilian that was there.
It is a hard book to read in part ,becaus
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John
Oct 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
More people were killed on the Sultana than were killed on the Titanic. To say the Sultana tragedy is not as well-known as the Titanic is an understatement. It is the worst water disaster in the United States. A combination of factors has made this epic disaster not well-known: It was the end of the Civil War, Lincoln’s assassination overshadowed it, and the victims were mostly not from states east of Ohio. There is only one small memorial to the Sultana, in Knoxville, TN, and it was done in 191 ...more
Edward Sullivan
A clear, concise, detailed account of the tragedy.
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