Saturday, April 26, 2014

Recalling SS Sultana: Disaster on the river

Overcrowded SS Sultana the day before disaster (Library of Congress)

The SS Sultana, packed with Union soldiers heading home after the end of the Civil War, went down in the Mississippi River north of Memphis, Tenn., after an explosion and raging fire 149 years ago, on April 27, 1865. The staggering loss of 1,800 souls got hardly any attention at the time because the nation was weary of war and mourning the loss of assassinated President Abraham Lincoln. In 2012, The Picket did extensive reporting on several angles of the disaster. Here they all are:
• Exhibit recalls largest disaster in U.S. maritime history
• Working model captures every detail of Sultana
• Disaster took lives of those who suffered so much 
• Will Sultana earn more prominent place in history? 

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