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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.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Tennessee Historical Commission marker series.
 
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. Touch for map. Located in Mississippi River Park (formerly Jefferson Davis Park). Marker is at or near this postal address: 40 Riverside Drive, Memphis TN 38103, United States of America.
 
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
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.
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.)
 
Categories. DisastersNotable EventsWar, US CivilWaterways & Vessels
 
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. This page originally submitted on April 14, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 97 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on April 14, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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