Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Marker Program

The Sultana Tragedy


City: Marion

County: Crittenden

Location: 14 Military Road

Sponsor: ACWSC, City of Marion, ANCRC

GEO Coordinates

UTM-X: 755077
UTM-Y: 3900364
UTM Zone: 15

Latitude: 35.21391147
Longitude: -90.19775048

Marker Text

The Sultana Tragedy

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 historys worst maritime disaster. No one was ever punished for the tragic loss of the Sultana.

No. 62

Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission
City of Marion
Arkansas Natural and Cultural Resources Council


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