Sunday, April 27, 2008


This Day in the History of Tragedies Upon Tragedies

In this day in 1865, when the Civil War was just weeks ended, nearly 1600 former union soldiers, many of whom had survived the hell hole of the Andersonville, GA prisoner of war camp and were heading home, were killed when the Mississippi steam paddle ship Sultana developed a major boiler problem and blew up. Only 400 of the 2100 people aboard survived the explosion and fire and then the Mississippi at near flood stage. It happened just north of Memphis in the early morning hours. This remains America's worst maritime disaster


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