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Disaster on the Mississippi: The Sultana Explosion, April 27, 1865
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.
Hardcover, 346 pages
Published May 1st 1996 by US Naval Institute Press
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Jun 18, 2015 Tom Mathews 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.
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
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