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

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Annotation: Provides a detailed account of the 1865 sinking of the steamboat Sultana on the Mississippi River, a preventable disaster that was fueled by greed and haste, and which left more than 1,500 dead.
Catalog Number: #148803
Format: Perma-Bound Edition from Publisher's Hardcover
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Publisher: Candlewick Press
Copyright Date: 2017
Edition Date: 2017
Pages: 196 p.
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 0-7636-7755-8 Perma-Bound: 0-605-99158-8
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-7636-7755-8 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-99158-3
Dewey: 973.7
LCCN: 2017956985
Dimensions: 24 cm.
Language: English
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Bibliography Index/Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages [188]-191) and index.
Word Count: 33,132
Reading Level: 7.7
Interest Level: 4-7
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 7.7 / points: 6.0 / quiz: 191876 / grade: Middle Grades+
Reading Counts!: reading level:10.3 / points:10.0 / quiz:Q72314
Lexile: 1090L

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?


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