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The Sultana tragedy : America's greatest maritime disaster

Author: Jerry O Potter
Publisher: Gretna [La.] : Pelican Pub. Co., 1992.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English
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On April 27, 1865, the Sultana, a 260-foot, wooden-hulled steamboat, exploded on the Mississippi River near Memphis, Tennessee. More than 1,800 men, mostly Union soldiers on their way home from Confederate prison camps, died. On board were over 2400 passengers--six times the ship's legal capacity. Although jubilant about the war's end, most of the men were weakened by malnutrition and disease from their imprisonment  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jerry O Potter
ISBN: 0882898612 9780882898612
OCLC Number: 24318094
Description: xii, 300 pages : illustrations, 1 map ; 24 cm
Contents: "One of the largest and best steamers ever constructed" --
The prisoners --
The Union officers at Vicksburg --
The final trip --
"...We would be at home in a few days..." --
The visit of the death angel --
"...Would morning never dawn on night so hideous." --
The aftermath --
The investigations --
The guilty go unpunished --
Sultana incident closed --
"...To be so soon forgotten..."
Responsibility: Jerry O. Potter.

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On April 27, 1865, the Sultana, a 260-foot, wooden-hulled steamboat, exploded on the Mississippi River near Memphis, Tennessee. More than 1,800 men, mostly Union soldiers on their way home from Confederate prison camps, died. On board were over 2400 passengers--six times the ship's legal capacity. Although jubilant about the war's end, most of the men were weakened by malnutrition and disease from their imprisonment at Andersonville and Cahaba. Hundreds who were not killed in the explosion drowned in the cold, swift waters of the muddy Mississippi River. In this highly documented book, author Jerry O. Potter focuses on how greed, indifference, gross stupidity, and criminal misconduct reaching as far as the White House led to the overloading of the Sultana at Vicksburg. Such irresponsible conduct characterized the actions of an entire chain of command, President Lincoln, and several profit-hungry civilians. This authoritative work contains abundant photographs and illustrations, as well as the most complete list of the ship's passengers available.

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