DISASTER ON THE MISSISSIPPI
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About the Event
At 2:00 a.m. on April 27, 1865, the sidewheel steamboat Sultana exploded her boilers seven miles upriver from Memphis, TN. Crowded on board were almost 2,000 recently released Union prisoners of war, fresh from the notorious Confederate prison pen at Andersonville, GA and from Cahaba, AL.
By the end of the day almost 1,200 people were dead. This presentation will explain how so many heroes of the Union were crowded onto a boat legally registered to carry only 376 passengers. Who was responsible? Was anyone held accountable? Come hear the little known, but fascinating story behind the worst maritime disaster in U.S. history.