• Sinking the Sultana

  • A Civil War Story of Imprisonment, Greed, and a Doomed Journey Home
  • By: Sally M. Walker
  • Narrated by: Janet Metzger
  • Length: 4 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 10-10-17
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Candlewick on Brilliance Audio
  • 5 out of 5 stars 5.0 (2 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The worst maritime disaster in American history wasn't the Titanic. It was the steamboat Sultana on the Mississippi River - and it was completely preventable.
In 1865, the Civil War was winding down and the country was reeling from Lincoln's assassination. Thousands of Union soldiers, released from Confederate prisoner-of-war camps, were to be transported home on the steamboat Sultana. With a profit to be made, the captain rushed repairs to the ship so the soldiers wouldn't find transportation elsewhere. More than 2,000 passengers boarded in Vicksburg, Mississippi...on a boat with a capacity of 376. The journey was violently interrupted when the ship's boilers exploded, plunging the Sultana into mayhem; passengers were bombarded with red-hot iron fragments, burned by scalding steam, and flung overboard into the churning Mississippi. Although rescue efforts were launched, the survival rate was dismal - more than 1,500 lives were lost. In a compelling, exhaustively researched account, renowned author Sally M. Walker joins the ranks of historians who have been asking the same question for 150 years: who (or what) was responsible for the Sultana's disastrous fate?
©2017 Sally M. Walker, original book published by Candlewick Press (P)2017 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved
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