The Sultana Tragedy

The Sultana Tragedy (HM26VO)

Location: Marion, AR 72364 Crittenden County
Country: United States of America
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N 35° 12.907', W 90° 11.897'

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On April 27, 1865, the steamboat Sultana exploded on the Mississippi River. She was heading north, dangerously overloaded with some 2,200 passengers, most of them freed Union prisoners of war from the Andersonville and Cahaba camps. A weakened boiler, which had been patched instead of fixed, blew up about 7 miles north of Memphis, hurling men into the frigid river. Men from Marion were among those who tried to save passengers, but around 1,800 people died in history's worst maritime disaster. No one was ever punished for the tragic loss of the Sultana.
HM NumberHM26VO
Series This marker is part of the series
Year Placed2013
Placed ByArkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission, City of Marion, Arkansas Natural and Cultural Resources Council
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, April 15th, 2018 at 1:01pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)15S E 755024 N 3900496
Decimal Degrees35.21511667, -90.19828333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 35° 12.907', W 90° 11.897'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds35° 12' 54.42" N, 90° 11' 53.82" W
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Area Code(s)870
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 56-198 N Currie St, Marion AR 72364, US
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