Surviving Civil War, Prison, and the Worst Maritime Disaster in American History

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An account of the tragic sinking of the Civil War steamboat describes how it was carrying an overload of paroled Union soldiers, the boiler explosions that ended the lives of more than 1,700 passengers, and the experiences of its survivors.


“One of the most riveting war stories I have ever read….Huffman’s smooth, intimate prose ushers you through this nightmare as if you were living it yourself.”
—Sebastian Junger, author of The Perfect Storm


The dramatic true story of the worst maritime disaster in U.S. history, Alan Huffman’s Sultana brings to breathtaking life a tragic, long forgotten event in America’s Civil War—the sinking of the steamship Sultana and the loss of 1,700 lives, mostly Union soldiers returning home from Confederate prison camps. A gripping account that reads like a nonfiction Cold Mountain, Sultana is powerful, moving, rich in irony and fascinating historical detail—a story no history aficionado or Civil War buff will want to miss.

Publisher: New York, NY : Smithsonian Books : Collins, c2009
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780061470547
Branch Call Number: 973.771 H872s
Characteristics: xiv, 300 p. ; 24 cm


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