Disaster on the Mississippi: The Sultana Explosion, April by Gene Salecker

By Gene Salecker

At o’clock within the morning on 27 April 1865, seven miles north of Memphis at the Mississippi, the sidewheel steamboat Sultana’s boilers abruptly exploded. Legally registered to hold 376 humans, the boat was once filled with 2,100 lately published Union prisoners-of-war. Over 1,700 humans died, making it the worst marine catastrophe in U.S. historical past. This ebook seems on the catastrophe throughout the eyes of the sufferers themselves. It deals a concise, minute-by-minute account at the explanation for the explosion and its impression on assorted elements of the boat.

To concentrate on the non-public tales of the sufferers, either civilian and soldier, Gene Eric Salecker patiently amassed fabric from 1000's of letters, interval newspaper tales, and different resources. Readers are first brought to sufferers whereas they're languishing in accomplice prisons and stick with their unencumber to an trade camp open air of Vicksburg to their eventual crowding onto the Sultana. His a professional narrative is interwoven with person recollections, together with these of the heroic rescuers. He deals exceptional information about the captain’s dealing with of the steamboat and corrects a few long-held myths concerning the placement of the warriors at the Sultana and newspaper insurance of the disaster.

A huge component to the ebook covers rescue makes an attempt, either winning and failed, and the aftermath of the catastrophe because it affected these concerned. With its emphasis at the human-interest point of the Sultana, this ebook brings to the literature a serious standpoint and masses new research.

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