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

By Alan Huffman

“One of the main riveting struggle tales i've got ever read….Huffman’s tender, intimate prose ushers you thru this nightmare as though you have been residing it yourself.”
—Sebastian Junger, writer of The ideal Storm

 

The dramatic real tale of the worst maritime catastrophe in U.S. historical past, Alan Huffman’s Sultana brings to breathtaking existence a sad, lengthy forgotten occasion in America’s Civil War—the sinking of the steamship Sultana and the lack of 1,700 lives, in most cases Union squaddies returning domestic from accomplice legal camps. A gripping account that reads like a nonfiction Cold Mountain, Sultana is robust, relocating, wealthy in irony and interesting ancient detail—a tale no historical past aficionado or Civil warfare buff should want to miss.

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By Alan Huffman

“One of the main riveting struggle tales i've got ever read….Huffman’s tender, intimate prose ushers you thru this nightmare as though you have been residing it yourself.”
—Sebastian Junger, writer of The ideal Storm

 

The dramatic real tale of the worst maritime catastrophe in U.S. historical past, Alan Huffman’s Sultana brings to breathtaking existence a sad, lengthy forgotten occasion in America’s Civil War—the sinking of the steamship Sultana and the lack of 1,700 lives, in most cases Union squaddies returning domestic from accomplice legal camps. A gripping account that reads like a nonfiction Cold Mountain, Sultana is robust, relocating, wealthy in irony and interesting ancient detail—a tale no historical past aficionado or Civil warfare buff should want to miss.

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Jones will be remembered darkly through the prisoners. At Cahaba, as at different prisoner-of-war camps in either the North and the South, a guy may perhaps die of virtually whatever. Hawes wrote in his magazine of the loss of life of “a tall younger boy” from Illinois of continual diarrhea, the results of “miserable, polluted floor water, the coarse meal, poorly cooked, the publicity to the chilly rains. ” He watched the boy make common journeys to “the sinks,” because the latrines have been referred to as, and famous a number of days later that “his trips have been absolutely as common, yet his steps have been slower, his face extra hole, his eyes extra boring.

As Elliott’s grandson later saw, “The distinction among existence and loss of life should be measured. It used to be an issue of yards, ft, inches. It was once the size of a achieving arm that used to be lengthy sufficient, or a bit too brief. ” Barton paddled his survivors to the wooden backyard, then went again for extra. A shanty on the wooden backyard used to be quickly crowded with shivering males. After shedding anchor downstream, the team of the Bostonia II diminished her yawl and by means of the sunshine of torches begun plucking survivors from the water, between them younger Gaston and, in accordance with Elliott’s grandson, “the girl within the hoopskirt.

Such a lot additionally carried smaller haversacks of leather-based or painted fabric, in addition to their canteens, weapons, and as much as 40 rounds of ammunition. quickly, after they turned cavalrymen, Tolbert and Maddox may hold sabers—elegant and lethal props. The recruits might carry directly to their own possessions whereas situations allowed, yet that used to be no longer frequently for terribly lengthy. Their accoutrement and luggage may turn into a burden. The knapsacks by myself weighed up to twenty kilos, and squaddies necessarily discarded their valuable possessions one after the other in the course of lengthy marches, or stowed them at the eve of engagements and not observed them back.

Like Robinson, many survivors floated previous town ahead of being rescued. Joseph Bringman observed the fuel highway lighting ascending the bluff, heard the shouts of rescuers and the ringing of wharf bells, and observed dozens of boats departing to take part within the rescue, yet he couldn't make his presence identified, notwithstanding he “hallooed for support. ” He quickly misplaced awareness and drifted by way of. “I was once so chilled that i used to be powerless, and a type of drowsiness came to visit me,” he later recalled. “I felt that i used to be going to sleep, and that i appeared as cozy as though in a downy mattress.

Woodbury’s husband David, knowledgeable at the Civil warfare, additionally supplied a cautious evaluate of the book’s genuine content material on the subject of the conflict. ultimately, nobody had a better hand in making this a greater e-book than my basic fact-checker, David Georgi, who went a long way past the decision of responsibility to aid me manage and refine the narrative, convey the characters to lifestyles and making sure that there are as few error as attainable. BIBLIOGRAPHY BOOKS Berry, Chester D. , ed. lack of the Sultana and memories of Survivors.

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