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Sinking the Sultana : A Civil War Story of Imprisonment, Greed, and a Doomed Journey Home - (Hardcover)

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The worst maritime disaster in American history wasn’t the Titanic. It was the steamboat Sultana on the Mississippi River — and it could have been prevented.In 1865, the Civil War was winding down and the country was reeling from Lincoln’s assassination. Thousands of Union soldiers, released from Confederate prisoner-of-war camps, were to be transported home on the steamboat Sultana. With a profit to be made, the captain rushed repairs to the boat so the soldiers wouldn’t find transportation elsewhere. More than 2,000 passengers boarded in Vicksburg, Mississippi . . . on a boat with a capacity of 376. The journey was violently interrupted when the boat’s boilers exploded, plunging the Sultana into mayhem; passengers were bombarded with red-hot iron fragments, burned by scalding steam, and flung overboard into the churning Mississippi. Although rescue efforts were launched, the survival rate was dismal — more than 1,500 lives were lost. In a compelling, exhaustively researched account, renowned author Sally M. Walker joins the ranks of historians who have been asking the same question for 150 years: who (or what) was responsible for the Sultana’s disastrous fate?
Number of Pages: 196
Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction
Sub-Genre: History
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Candlewick Pr
Age Range: 9-12 years
Author: Sally M. Walker
Language: English
Street Date: October 10, 2017
TCIN: 52219746
UPC: 9780763677558
Item Number (DPCI): 248-44-1231
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