The Civil War Tragedy of the Steamboat “Sultana” with historians Bill Wiemuth and Tom Hook

In this History Highlights video presentation I will be joined by historical presenter Tom Hook to share with you the dramatic story of the worst marine accident in United States history. When the steamboat Sultana exploded in the Mississippi River in April of 1865, more than 1,700 people perished. The tale is made even more heartbreaking considering that most were Union prisoners of war, finally released from the horrors of Confederate prisons and on their way home. This relatively-unknown event is often lost in the pages of Civil War history. The story of how this event happened, although heartbreaking, is also significant and fascinating. Plus, don’t miss the special musical bonus!

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