Sultana

Sultana

Surviving Civil War, Prison, and the Worst Maritime Disaster in American History

Book - 2010
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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.

The worst maritime disaster in American history, the sinking of the Sultana is a forgotten tragedy lost in the turmoil of the times--the war's end, the assassination of President Lincoln, the pursuit of John Wilkes Booth. Alan Huffman presents this harrowing story in gripping and vivid detail and paints a moving portrait of four individual soldiers who survived the Civil War's final hell to make it back home.

Publisher: New York : Harper, 2010
ISBN: 9780061470561
0061470562
Branch Call Number: 973.771 Huffman
973.771 Huffman
Characteristics: xiv, 300 p. ; 21 cm

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