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My Great Grandfather, Samuel Washington Jenkins - 3rd Tennessee Cavalry, Company L, was aboard this steamer. He survived the war, Cahaba Prison, the explosion and the Mississippi.

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  • daemon

    daemon 6 years, 7 months ago

    A tragic but interesting piece of American History I had not heard of. Thanks for sharing this. It is hard to imagine a catastrophe of this size that eclipsed the Titanic sinking has been lost to time.

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    • barefootgreg

      barefootgreg 6 years, 7 months ago

      Yes it is. The Sultana Descendants' Association is trying to get this disaster more recognition. The Sultana disaster was overshadowed primarily by the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. There could have been an attempted cover up too, but that is just speculation on my part.

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