The proceedings and report of the court-martial of Capt Frederick Speed, court-martial case MM3967 › Page 12
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About this Publication TitleSultana Disaster, April 1865
When the boiler exploded aboard the "Sultana" on April 27, 1865, more than 1,700 people lost their lives. Most of those aboard were recently released Union prisoners from the Confederate prisons in Cahaba, Alabama, and Andersonville, Georgia. They were bound for Camp Chase, Ohio, but the explosion occurred only a few hours into the journey. In addition to the faulty boiler, the vessel was also grossly overburdened with 2,200 passengers on a ship built to carry 376.
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