A fascinating story found as a history posting at on this anniversary of the event:

On April 27, 1865, the steamboat Sultana exploded and sank while traveling up the Mississippi River, killing an estimated 1,800 people. The event remains the worst  maritime disaster in U.S. History (the Titanic killed 1,512 people). Yet few know of the story of the Sultana’s demise, or the ensuing rescue effort that included Confederate soldiers saving Union soldiers they might have shot just weeks earlier. So on the 150th anniversary of the sinking, the city of Marion, Ark., is trying to make sure the Sultana will be remembered. The city has created a museum and is hosting events intended to bring attention to the tragedy. 

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