Sultana: Surviving The Civil War, Prison, And The Worst Maritime Disaster In American History

Sultana: Surviving The Civil War, Prison, And The Worst Maritime Disaster In American History
Tags: Alan Huffman

In April 1865, the steamboat Sultana slowly moved up the Mississippi River, its overtaxed engines straining under the weight of twenty-four hundred passengers—mostly Union soldiers, recently paroled from Confederate prison camps. At 2 a.m., three of Sultana's four boilers exploded. Within twenty minutes, the boat went down in flames, and an estimated seventeen hundred lives were lost.