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Memphis in Shelby County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
 

The Sultana Disaster

 
 
The Sultana Disaster Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, April 8, 2018
1. The Sultana Disaster Marker
Inscription.  One of the worst maritime disasters in world history occurred 7 miles north of Memphis on April 27, 1865, when the steamer Sultana exploded and burned with the loss of over 1,547 lives. Built to carry only 376 passengers, the Sultana had over 2,300 on board at the time of the disaster. Most were Union soldiers from Tennessee, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Indiana and Virginia, who were on their way home following their release from the Confederate prisons at Andersonville and Cahaba.
 
Erected by Tennessee Historical Commission. (Marker Number 4E 93.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: DisastersNotable EventsWar, US CivilWaterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Tennessee Historical Commission series list.
 
Location. 35° 8.822′ N, 90° 3.337′ W. Marker is in Memphis, Tennessee, in Shelby County. Marker can be reached from Riverside Drive south of Jefferson Avenue, on the right when traveling south. Located
View of marker looking across Wolf River Harbor & Mud Island. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, April 8, 2018
2. View of marker looking across Wolf River Harbor & Mud Island.
in Mississippi River Park (formerly Jefferson Davis Park). Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 40 Riverside Drive, Memphis TN 38103, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Cobblestone Landing (a few steps from this marker); Mississippi River Park (within shouting distance of this marker); Mud Island (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Adams, Mississippi/Old River Control Structure/Homochitto Cutoff (within shouting distance of this marker); Confederate Park (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Naval Battle of Memphis, 1862 (about 400 feet away); Confederate History of Memphis (about 400 feet away); Memphis and Shelby County Medical Society (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Memphis.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker.
 
Also see . . .  Wikipedia article on the Sultana. (Submitted on April 15, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
View of marker looking south towards Joe Curtis Point and the Mississippi River. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, April 8, 2018
3. View of marker looking south towards Joe Curtis Point and the Mississippi River.
Photo of the Sultana taken at Helena, Arkansas, on April 26, 1865, a day before she was destroyed. image. Click for full size.
By Public domain (Thomas W. Bankes)
4. Photo of the Sultana taken at Helena, Arkansas, on April 26, 1865, a day before she was destroyed.
The view captures a large crowd of paroled Union prisoners packed tightly together on the steamboat's decks.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 27, 2018. It was originally submitted on April 14, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 212 times since then and 47 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on April 14, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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