Hillsdale in Hillsdale County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Dedicated to the memory of the 280 Michigan Civil War soldiers who lost their lives in America's worst maritime disaster, the sinking of the steamship "Sultana."
These men were among more than 2,200 Union soldiers returning home from Confederate prison camps on April 27, 1865, when the vessel's boilers exploded at 2:00 a.m. on the Mississippi River near Memphis, Tennessee.
The 18th Michigan Infantry, organized July 1862 in Hillsdale, lost 75 men, more than half of their number who were on board that night.
We honor all who were on the "Sultana" for their courage and service to their country.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. A significant historical month for this entry is April 1883.
Location. 41° 55.268′ N, 84° 37.887′ W. Marker is in Hillsdale, Michigan, in Hillsdale County. Marker is at the intersection of North Broad Street (State Highway 99) and McCollum Street, on the right when traveling south on North Broad Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 29 North Howell Street, Hillsdale MI 49242, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers American Legion World War I Memorial Tree (a few steps from this marker); Hillsdale County Heritage (a few steps from this marker); Hillsdale (within shouting distance of this marker); D.A.V.-V.F.W. Veterans Memorial (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); American Legion Veterans Memorial (about 300 feet away); Hillsdale County Desert Storm Memorial (about 300 feet away); St. Anthony's Catholic Church (about 300 feet away); Hillsdale County World War II & Korean Conflict Memorial (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hillsdale.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. To better understand the relationship, study each marker in the order shown.
Also see . . . The Disaster. Sultana Association website entry (Submitted on April 9, 2022, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.)
Credits. This page was last revised on April 9, 2022. It was originally submitted on July 26, 2010, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 1,310 times since then and 130 times this year. Last updated on August 3, 2010, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on July 26, 2010, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.