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Marion in Crittenden County, Arkansas — The American South (West South Central)
 

The Loss of the Sultana

 
 
The Loss of the <i>Sultana</i> Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, April 8, 2018
1. The Loss of the Sultana Marker
Inscription. Early on April 27, 1865, the overcrowded steamboat Sultana exploded on the Mississippi River near Marion, Arkansas. The vast majority of the Sultana's passengers, believed to number over 2000, were Federal soldiers, recently released from Confederate prisons. Approximately 1500 people perished; this remains the worst tragedy in American nautical history.
 
Erected 2000 by the Arkansas State Society Daughters of the American Revolution.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Daughters of the American Revolution marker series.
 
Location. 35° 12.906′ N, 90° 11.897′ W. Marker is in Marion, Arkansas, in Crittenden County. Marker can be reached from Arkansas Route 77 north of Military Road, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Located in the rear of the Marion City Hall parking lot. Marker is at or near this postal address: 14 East Military Road, Marion AR 72364, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Sultana Tragedy (here, next to this marker); Military Road (here, next to this marker); Margaret E. Woolfolk Library (within shouting distance of this marker); Marion School Auditorium-Gynamnasium
The Loss of the <i>Sultana</i> Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, April 8, 2018
2. The Loss of the Sultana Marker
(about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Confederate Soldier's Memorial (about 400 feet away); a different marker also named Confederate Soldier's Memorial (about 400 feet away); Rhodes Storefronts (about 400 feet away); Crittenden County Health Department (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Marion.
 
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
 
The Loss of the <i>Sultana</i> Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, April 8, 2018
3. The Loss of the Sultana Marker
Whole plate tintype of the Sultana. image. Click for full size.
By Public domain
4. Whole plate tintype of the Sultana.
Taken at Helena, Arkansas on April 26, 1865, a day before the Sultana 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 15, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 70 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on April 15, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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