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  1. Suzy Suzy says:

    The worst US maritime disaster that in likelihood you've never heard of Or at least I hadn't The Sultana a Mississippi River steamboat designed to carry 376 passengers was packed top to bottom with over 2000 passengers Many of them were Union soldiers who had been Confederate prisoners of war survivors of the hell of Andersonville and other prison camps who were traveling north to be mustered out of the army to pick up the pieces of their civilian lives Riverboat owners made a handsome profit transporting military personnel Other passengers were private citizens who had bought passage on the Sultana When one of the ship's boilers exploded the ensuing fire and collapse of the vessel was catastrophic resulting in the deaths of close to 1600 men women and children Remarkably not only was the disaster largely forgotten to history but despite evidence of criminal negligence and rumors of bribery not one person was ever held accountable In a strange sort of way it is reassuring to see that the corruption greed and lack of humanity our country is experiencing now is nothing new and thus can be overcome Although the survival rate on the Sultana was dismal the stories of people on the shore both Union and Confederate sympathizers coming together to heroically rescue close to 500 victims was heartening This was a very well written and researched book that makes me want to read some of the other books written about the Sultana

  2. Anne Anne says:

    Approximately the same number of people lost their lives in the sinking of the Sultana as did on the sinking of the Titanic However one of these events is much better known than the other This is a fascinating look at the circumstances that caused this terrible accident with such a devastating loss of life It took place during the Civil War so ties in neatly to 8th grade curriculumWell researched thorough The author used diaries and other primary source documents when available She also met with relativesdescendants of those who were on the ship Primary source photographs and charts are included whenever possible There is also a lot of factual information about the Mississippi River itself I enjoyed learning new things while reading this book Complete source notes and bibliography at the end A few suggestions for further learning are also includedGrades 5 10

  3. Edward Sullivan Edward Sullivan says:

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  4. Cindy Vallar Cindy Vallar says:

    On 27 April 1865 Frances Ackley joins her husband on deck of the USS Tyler in the wee hours of the morning The Mississippi River where the gunboat is docked runs higher than normal because of the winter thaw At 230 in the morning the sky should be dark but glows orange All around them voices plead for help Two navy cutters uickly launch and despite her husband’s objections Frances climbs aboard one For the next hours she helps rescue man after man For each man saved dozens float past too far to reach with the boat hook Sinking the Sultana recounts the nightmare of that night as well as the days and months before and the terrible tragedy that killed so many who had endured so much but were finally going homeWalker begins this story by first laying the groundwork so readers understand the river the evolution of travel on the Mississippi and time period Then she introduces some of the men who joined the Union Army were captured by Confederate forces and ultimately found themselves aboard the Sultana Michael Dougherty was a recent emigrant from Ireland Robert Hamilton came from Tennessee but fought for the North because he opposed secession Too young to fight Stephen Gaston became a bugler A lawyer in civilian life J Walter Elliott had to lie about his identity to stay alive John Clark Ely a teacher kept a record his life in the army and in prisonThe next four chapters examine what life was like inside the notorious prisoner of war camp known as Andersonville as well as the less familiar but eually horrendous Cahaba in Alabama It uickly becomes apparent why so many died but readers also learn how the five men mentioned above managed to survive until the war ended and were transferred to Camp Fisk in Vicksburg Mississippi until transportation home could be arranged Also covered are the use of steamboats during the war; the building and fitting out of the Sultana including her lifesaving euipment; a problem that developed with her boilers; and how than 2000 POWs ended up aboard a boat that was only supposed to carry 376 passengersThe final five chapters cover the explosion and its aftermath how individuals reacted rescue efforts and the investigations into what happened and who was found culpable Walker also discusses the rumors of sabotage as well as what scientists of today believe caused the accident To reinforce the magnitude of how many lost their lives she compares the sinking of Sultana with the sinking of Titantic Eually revealing are the reasons why the former tragedy isn’t as well known as the latter In addition she shares efforts by survivors and later their descendants and interested parties to make certain that no one forgets this tragedy In her epilogue Walker informs readers what happened to the five men she introduced early in the book where the steamboat is now and how the Mississippi has changed in the years since that fateful day Aside from Walker’s chronicling of events what makes this book come alive are the passages from primary documents such as Ely’s diary and the many contemporary illustrations Not only do these put faces to names they vividly portray the realities of the prisons and the horror of that night Two particularly poignant photographs show the effects of illness and starvation on an Andersonville prisoner and the soldiers packed tighter than sardines on Sultana’s decks while an engraving from Harper’s Weekly’s illustrates the burning inferno and survivors floating in the river Also included are several maps a glossary source notes a bibliography and an index Interspersed throughout the book are several special sections pages with gray borders that cover key points that reuire greater explanation than can be revealed in the normal telling of the story These are explained in clear language that middle grade readers will readily understand without feeling as if they are being talked down to Walker’s depiction of this historical event is powerful moving and horrifying After experiencing this book readers come away with a better understanding that it’s never a single event that leads up to the crisis and that when the worst happens people with disparate beliefs and life experiences willingly set aside their differences to help others regardless of whether the disaster occurs today or in the past Sinking the Sultana is a compelling retelling that graphically and realistically portrays the conseuences of decisions made and the price paid by innocent people because of “fraud greed and clout” 64

  5. Rebecca Hill Rebecca Hill says:

    Get ready for a read that will make you sit back and shake your headThe Sultana was a ship that should have had a long and glorious career on the Mississippi river During the Civil War shipping along the river was slow but it could be done Danger excitement and money drove the trade during the war years After the war there was even money to be made and many boats made money by taking soldiers that had been POWs during the war home They were to be mustered out of the Army and sent home Many of them were sick weakened during their time in camps such as Andersonville that housed thousands than it was originally constructed for But the needs outweighed the risks Many men like Colonel Hatch found ways to make money during the war It was these men that created risks and opened the door for later criticism from the public The Civil War was a defining time for the United States The Sultana was something that should have never been relegated to the back pages of history but time and circumstance conspired to bring this tragedy to an almost unknown portion of history When the tragedy struck President Lincoln had just been assassinated The hunt for his killer was front page news As the nation mourned the loss of its President hundreds of families mourned their lost loved ones Men women children were all victims of this explosion Soldiers families lives and careers lost in the blinding explosion that ripped through the early morning hours Families along the Arkansas shores woke to the screams and cries of the wounded Many sprang into action saving hundreds from a watery grave Others slipped from their reach and were lost to the murky waters of the river The explosion on the Sultana claimed lives than the sinking of the Titanic but due to its placing in history has been lost to the annals of timeWhile the public cried out for someone to pay for the loss of life investigations continued but no one would pay for the loss in full measure Few were blamed and those who should have carried the cost were lost to the military tribunal simply by having resigned from the army before the investigation was concludedThis tragedy is something that should not be lost entirely The sinking was a tragic wake up call to those who sailed the river and those who traveled along its banks While the Sultana has been found and mostly reclaimed from the depths the mystery still remains as to what could have caused the explosion Sound theories have been put forth but none have permanently answered the uestion satisfactorily so far While the Sultana is once again reclaiming its history and time is allowing us the chance to find and know the names of those who were on board we may never know its full answer We might never get the entire list of names of those were lost and those who survived To this day there are families of those who were lost aboard the Sultana and those who survived who still meet yearly They are determined to not allow history to swallow this tragedy For as someone once said as long as someone remembers my name I am not entirely lost to timeI enjoyed this book It gave a rather interesting look into some of the lives of the men who survived the Civil War living through the horrors of the prison camps only to lose their lives while headed home We get the before the during and the after in this book We see what could have caused the explosion the overcrowding which brought the number of the dead to horrific highs This is a pretty decent book and one that allows for those who want to do research a great jumping off point Happy Reading

  6. Hasso von Moltke Hasso von Moltke says:

    I have long held a fascination with the Sultana disaster When I was in elementary school every year the fifth graders did a project on the Mississippi River and its history They would line the hallways of the school and younger students would go down the hall following a line of blue tape while being taught by the older students about the Mississippi from it's start in Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico I remember being enthralled by the stop for the Sultana captured by the story of disaster and heroism Finally when I reached the fifth grade I used our brand new first computer to scour the nascent internet for the stories of those individuals who made that fateful voyage in the spring of 1865 Therefore the Sultana and its destruction hold a special place in my mindWhen I heard about the release of this book I was very eager to dig back into the history of the Sultana I did not initially realize that this was probably intended for a younger audience until I started reading after acuiring an electronic copy through NetgalleyThe first uarter of the book was a bit of a slog as I read through a very basic description of the Civil War its prison camps and steamboat I would have preferred a bit detailed account of each of these subjects However I am very pleased that I kept on readingThe book shines when it actually gets to the ill fated voyage itself I became invested in the interactions between individuals involved on the trip from Vicksburg back to the north and appreciated the authors ability to compliment the various eyewitness accounts The explosion and subseuent chaos was the best section of the book followed by a solid description of the aftermath from rescue efforts to the hospitals that cared for the victims the resumption of the soldiers' journey home legal proceedings and the birth of a veteran's associationOne minor caveat the author has a bit of difficulty making the individuals who are soldiers stand out from one another All were captured at some point other than guards placed on the vessel and held in prison camps in the South When the story started picking up it became a bit difficult to remember who was whoAll in all I enjoyed the book It's a good little narrative of an overlooked disaster that so often gets swallowed up in the larger American Civil War In spite of some flaws I gave the book some leeway because I would certainly have loved it had I come across it in fifth grade It is a good book for younger readers and adults may find many positive ualities in it as well

  7. Linda Linda says:

    Thanks to Candlewick Press for my copy of this book My first thought after finishing this book refers to the author's note In it Sally Walker writes History and research are all about making connections Each time a person discovers the Sultana's story even though it may be many years after the disaster a connection is established between that person and the people who were on the boat To learn about the victims and those who helped in the rescue sometimes the same people means here in the 21st Century we readers are offering a thought and sympathy to those who experienced this tragedy We will remember Sally Walker clearly did extensive research into this disaster of 1865 nearly the end of the Civil War I learned a lot about the prisons of that time the terrible conditions though in the past I have read Andersonville and at this time the release what was termed paroling of soldiers She explained the way that steamboats were constructed to be faster and due to new ideas of boilers but less understanding of how they worked this steamboat Sultana was doomed There also were those greedy men in charge who wanted to board as many soldiers as possible overloading the boat because they were paid by the government for the numbers carried Although this did not cause the explosions it did mean that many many were killed because of cramped conditions Numerous people were followed in the story from prison to survival or death in the journey finally home from the long years of war an imprisonment And when Sally found of the stories of these men wives and children she also shared that information Yes there were also passengers on board in cabins families and couples heading north The book is extensive in the story written in chapters with pictures andor maps of the topic or the times I suspect it would be best for 8th grade and up It's written in chapters with extensive back matter author's note source notes bibliography and image credits I enjoyed it thoroughly and it made me wonder who will do the research and write the stories of this year's hurricanes or fires this year's tragedies?

  8. American Mensa American Mensa says:

    Sinking the Sultana by Sally M Walker was an intriguing nonfiction account of the Sultana a prisoner of war transport ship that tragically sunk during the Civil War The Sultana accident took as many lives as the Titanic but has garnered far less attention This book takes the reader on a journey from the end of the Civil War to the night of the tragedy through personal accounts from real soldiers It is incredibly detailed and packed with informative diagrams and descriptions I could vividly imagine the physical and emotional struggles of each soldier onboard who only wanted to get home to their families after a long bloody war The Sultana was not just a story of loss and tragedy however It also showed the power of human emotions in the face of tough decisions Captain Speed and General Dana the two people in charge of loading the ships from the prison camp made some terrible decisions They piled the Sultana with nearly 2000 liberated soldiers far over capacity just to make a higher profit Worse yet they sent away two empty transport ships that were ready to help Chasing money they lost sight of the most important thing transporting the soldiers safely Additionally it was absolutely incredible to read about the soldiers’ heroic acts on the night of the sinking Many sacrificed themselves and spent their last hours throwing objects from the boat to the cold waters below that others could use to get to land safely Because of their actions they had no time to escape and sunk with the ship I found this simply unfathomable and I was very moved upon reading about itI would recommend this book to girls and boys 12 and above who enjoy history This book was enthralling but may not be appreciated if the reader does not have background knowledge regarding the Civil War This book received five stars because it was informative and captivating I love it when nonfiction books tell a story and don’t just state facts and this book was the epitome of that Sinking the Sultana gave me a clear view of one of our nation’s most tragic events and stayed with me long after I set it downReview by Anya A age 13 Metropolitan Washington Mensa

  9. Jaina Rose Jaina Rose says:

    This review is also available on my blog Read Till DawnGoing into this book I knew absolutely nothing about the Sultana I had just finished studying AP US History but our coverage of the Civil War remained focused on the big things–the politics the generals and the major battles The sinking of the Sultana may have been terrible for the people who experienced it as well as for the friends and families who lost loved ones on it but it had no real lasting impression on the course of American historyBut still I can't believe I'd literally never learned anything about the Sultana before I used to be obsessed with the Titanic yet I'd never heard of the largest American maritime disaster?Anyway on to the book itself It's a good length long enough to include lots of interesting details but not so long as to bore readers who are new to the subject The first few chapters set the stage introducing us to some of the prisoners of war and the sualid conditions they were subjected to before moving on to the end of the war and the liuidation of the prison camps There were some politics involved with the ships some pressure placed on the men in authority to pack the Sultana as full as they possibly could as opposed to moving some of the men to other shipsThen there's the description of the actual disaster which is simply brutal I had tears in my eyes reading about all the gruesome scenes that confronted the survivors all the people–including innocent children–who died horrible deaths that night It was a terrible scene a truly horrific one and I still can't believe that I never knew anything about it before now I'm sad to have read the book in a way because it was so horrifying but also glad that I did and learned about this little known dark moment in my nation's historyDisclaimer I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

  10. Raina Raina says:

    The Sultana was a steamboat you know the ones with the big wheels that traveled up and down the Mississippi River and tributaries during the middle of the 19th century During one overloaded trip with most of its passengers Union soldiers on their way home it sank resulting in the biggest maritime disaster in United States History bigger than the TitanicAnd yet I would bet that most of the US population has never heard this storyThis book uses deep primary source research to document the events which lead up to the disaster I learned about military prisoner of war camps during the Civil War which brought to mind German concentration camps see a horrifying picture of a prisoner on page 33 Walker lightly frames the story by introducing a number of individual stories at the beginning of the book and revealing their fates at the end of the book which was a nice way to make the story a bit accessible to people who may not be history enthusiasts She also includes uite a few photographs maps and documents from the periodPersonally I find historiography fascinating so I introduced this book by talking about the fact that we cannot learn about everything that ever happened in history so we have to pick and choose I feel like that's a healthy concept to be introduced to in middle school ;Sometimes I feel like at least half of my booktalks when I go out to local schools should be nonfiction I really wish there was high interest ownvoices narrative nonfiction publishedIn 2019 this was the only nonfiction book which made it on my Middle School booktalk tour 5 schools up to five days each school up to 6 presentations to student groups each day It's a fascinating storySee the comment thread on my profile for some of my specific reuests both fiction and nonfiction

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Sinking the Sultana ❮Epub❯ ❧ Sinking the Sultana Author Sally M. Walker – 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 preventedIn 1865 the Civil War was winding down and the 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 preventedIn the Civil War was winding down and the country was reeling from Lincoln's assassination Thousands of Sinking the ePUB í 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 passengers boarded in Vicksburg Mississippi on a boat with a capacity of 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 than 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 uestion for years who or what was responsible for the Sultana's disastrous fate.

  • Hardcover
  • 208 pages
  • Sinking the Sultana
  • Sally M. Walker
  • 21 February 2016
  • 9780763677558

About the Author: Sally M. Walker

Sally M Walker has written science books for children including Earthuakes an NSTACBC Best Science Trade Book of She lives in DeKalb IL.