Cincinnati in Hamilton County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
In 1862, less than a mile upriver from this marker, the John Lithoberry Shipyard in Cincinnati constructed the Sultana, a 260-foot, wooden steam transport. At the end of the Civil War, the U.S. Government contracted the Sultana to transport recently freed Federal prisoners north from Confederate stockades. During the night of April 27, 1865, while carrying over 2,300 Union soldiers - over six times its capacity of 376 passengers - a steam boiler aboard the Sultana exploded. The ship erupted in a massive fireball and sank in the cold, flood-swollen Mississippi River ten miles north of Memphis, Tennessee. Over 1,700 individuals died - some 200 more than those lost aboard the Titanic in 1912 - in what remains the worst maritime disaster in American history. Of the total casualties, Ohio lost the most of any state, with 791 dead. Indiana lost 491 persons, with Kentucky suffering 194 dead. It is estimated that, of the Ohio casualties, over fifty were Cincinnatians.
Erected 1999 by Ohio Bicentennial Commission, The Longaberger Company, Tim & Chris Heather, Colerain Twp., Ohio, and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 18-31.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
Location. Click for map. Marker is along the Ohio River in Sawyer Point Park, about 90 feet southeast of the Cincinnatus statue, and about 160 feet east of the Newport Southbank pedestrian bridge (former Louisville & Nashville Railroad bridge). Marker is at or near this postal address: 801 East Pete Rose Way, Cincinnati OH 45202, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Irish in Cincinnati (here, next to this marker); Cincinnati's German Heritage (here, next to this marker); 1749 French Claims to Ohio River Valley (here, next to this marker); The Black Brigade of Cincinnati (a few steps from this marker); Lucius Quinctius Cincinnatus (within shouting distance of this marker); Bicentennial Commons at Sawyer Point (within shouting distance of this marker); Corporal Merrill Laws Ricketts Marine Corps Memorial (approx. ¼ mile away); Robert S. Duncanson (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Cincinnati.
Also see . . . Remembering the Sultana. (Submitted on November 16, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 1,496 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.