Sultana Disaster, April 1865

Records: 18,914 · Complete: 100%

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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Publication Title
Sultana Disaster, April 1865
Total Records
Records: 18,914 · Complete: 100%
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Published on Fold3
April 5, 2012
Last Updated
May 10, 2012
NARA M1878. Records relating to the April 27, 1865, explosion of the steamer "Sultana," including lists of those aboard the ship.