Loss of the Sultana

Chester D. BERRY (1844 - 1926)

April, 1865. The country was in turmoil. The U.S. Civil War had come to an end, thousands of Union prisoners of war had recently been released, and President Lincoln had just been assassinated. The steamship 'Sultana' left New Orleans on April 21st, traveled to Vicksburg, Mississippi where it took on 1,965 federal soldiers and 35 officers, all recently released prisoners of war, most of them held at the prison camps of Cahaba (or Cahawba, near Selma, Alabama) and Andersonville (in southwest Georgia), and now finally headed for their homes. The 'Sultana' arrived in Memphis, Tennessee on April 26th and headed north toward Cairo, Illinois carrying over 2,100 passengers, but designed for a capacity of only 376. At approximately 2:00 a.m. of the 27th, mere hours after the assassination of John Wilkes Booth, the 'Sultana' mysteriously exploded while steaming about 7 miles north of Memphis, killing over 1,500 on board (estimates vary). The sole reason this incident received such scant attention at the time, and ever since, is the fact that the country was understandably absorbed in the recent assassinations. Subsequent inquiry into the 'Sultana' disaster would uncover some startling revelations into its cause, some believe leading directly to the topmost levels of the U.S. Government. The loss of the 'Sultana' was the greatest maritime disaster in U.S. history, up until the bombing of Pearl Harbor. This book, composed by Chester Berry, one of the survivors, is unique in that it gives firsthand account from well over 100 of the survivors of the tragedy in their own words. Note - The online e-text (link provided) includes 3 lists for reference that are not included in this audio release: 1 - An official list of prisoners of war on the Sultana, including company served with 2 - Persons known to have been on board the Sultana, but not reported 3 - Name, Company, Regiment, and present (1892) residence of living survivors ( Roger Melin)

Genre(s): War & Military, Biography & Autobiography, Modern (19th C)

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 Introduction Roger Melin
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Play 02 The Burning of the Sultana Roger Melin
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Play 03 Official Correspondance Roger Melin
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Play 04 N. Wintringer - Chief Engineer Roger Melin
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Play 05 Henry J. Lyda Roger Melin
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Play 06 C.W. Abbaduska Roger Melin
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Play 07 Hosea C. Aldrich Roger Melin
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Play 08 Daniel Allen Roger Melin
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Play 09 Hiram Allison Roger Melin
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Play 10 George Anderson Roger Melin
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Play 11 P.S. Atchley Roger Melin
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Play 12 Murry S. Baker Roger Melin
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Play 13 Otto Bardon Roger Melin
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Play 14 Wm. Barnes Roger Melin
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Play 15 George Bement Roger Melin
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Play 16 Chester D. Berry Roger Melin
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Play 17 Wm. Boor Roger Melin
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Play 18 Wm. Bracken Roger Melin
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Play 19 James K. Brady Roger Melin
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Play 20 Joseph Bringman Roger Melin
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Play 21 A.C. Brown Roger Melin
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Play 22 Michael Brunner Roger Melin
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Play 23 Wm. Carver Roger Melin
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Play 24 Abraham Cassel Roger Melin
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Play 25 Simeon D. Chelf Roger Melin
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Play 26 William A. Christine Roger Melin
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Play 27 F.A. Clapsaddle Roger Melin
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Play 28 George A. Clarkson Roger Melin
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Play 29 George M. Clinger Roger Melin
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Play 30 J.S. Cook Roger Melin
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Play 31 Wm. Crisp Roger Melin
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Play 32 Ben C. Davis Roger Melin
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Play 33 John Davis Roger Melin
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Play 34 L.A. Deerman Roger Melin
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Play 35 J.W. Dunsmore Roger Melin
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Play 36 J. Walter Elliott Roger Melin
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Play 37 William Fies Roger Melin
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Play 38 Nathaniel Foglsong Roger Melin
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Play 39 Martin Frazee Roger Melin
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Play 40 W.S. Friesner Roger Melin
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Play 41 Henry Gambill Roger Melin
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Play 42 Daniel Garber Roger Melin
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Play 43 Stephen M. Gaston Roger Melin
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Play 44 W.N. Goodrich Roger Melin
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Play 45 N.W. Gregory Roger Melin
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Play 46 Samuel C. Haines Roger Melin
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Play 47 Ogilvie E. Hamblin Roger Melin
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Play 48 Robert N. Hamilton Roger Melin
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Play 49 Absalom N. Hatch Roger Melin
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Play 50 Jacob Helminger Roger Melin
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Play 51 William S. Hill Roger Melin
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Play 52 Wiley J. Hodges Roger Melin
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Play 53 P.L. Horn Roger Melin
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Play 54 Ira B. Horner Roger Melin
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Play 55 Jacob Horner Roger Melin
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Play 56 W.A. Huld Roger Melin
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Play 57 John H. James Roger Melin
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Play 58 C.J. Johnson Roger Melin
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Play 59 Lewis Johnson Roger Melin
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Play 60 Benjamin F. Johnston Roger Melin
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Play 61 A.A. Jones Roger Melin
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Play 62 Nicholas Karns Roger Melin
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Play 63 E.J. Kennedy Roger Melin
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Play 64 Rinaldon Kimmell Roger Melin
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Play 65 Albert W. King Roger Melin
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Play 66 George A. King Roger Melin
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Play 67 Hugh Kinser Roger Melin
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Play 68 Henry J. Kline Roger Melin
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Play 69 John H. Kochenderfer Roger Melin
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Play 70 C.J. Lahue Roger Melin
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Play 71 Adam Leake Roger Melin
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Play 72 Asa E. Lee Roger Melin
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Play 73 Wesley Lee Roger Melin
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Play 74 Thomas C. Love (alias Thomas Long) Roger Melin
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Play 75 William Lugenbeal Roger Melin
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Play 76 W.P. Madden Roger Melin
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Play 77 Jotham W. Maes Roger Melin
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Play 78 Jerry Mahony Roger Melin
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Play 79 Jesse Martin Roger Melin
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Play 80 Joseph H. Mayes Roger Melin
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Play 81 George B. McCord Roger Melin
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Play 82 L.W. McCrory Roger Melin
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Play 83 Wm. A. McFarland Roger Melin
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Play 84 Epenetus W. McIntosh Roger Melin
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Play 85 Daniel McLeod Roger Melin
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Play 86 L.G. Morgan Roger Melin
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Play 87 A.J. Mourning Roger Melin
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Play 88 A. Nihart Roger Melin
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Play 89 C.M. Nisley Roger Melin
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Play 90 John W. Norcutt Roger Melin
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Play 91 Albert Norris Roger Melin
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Play 92 Joseph B. Norris Roger Melin
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Play 93 J.E. Norton Roger Melin
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Play 94 Wm. H. Norton Roger Melin
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Play 95 Stewart Oxley Roger Melin
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Play 96 Thomas Pangle Roger Melin
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Play 97 Joshua S. Patterson Roger Melin
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Play 98 William H. Peacock Roger Melin
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Play 99 W.G. Porter Roger Melin
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Play 100 Samuel H. Raudebaugh Roger Melin
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Play 101 Christian Ray Roger Melin
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Play 102 George F. Robinson Roger Melin
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Play 103 Peter Roselot Roger Melin
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Play 104 Robert Rule Roger Melin
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Play 105 O.C. Russell Roger Melin
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Play 106 S.F. Sanders Roger Melin
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Play 107 C.S. Schmutz Roger Melin
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Play 108 C.G. Seabury Roger Melin
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Play 109 W.R. Shaul Roger Melin
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Play 110 I.N. Sheaffer Roger Melin
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Play 111 Payton Shields Roger Melin
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Play 112 A. Shoemaker Roger Melin
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Play 113 W.T. Shummard Roger Melin
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Play 114 J.L. Slick Roger Melin
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Play 115 Commodore Smith Roger Melin
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Play 116 Truman Smith Roger Melin
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Play 117 Edward Sorgen Roger Melin
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Play 118 M.H. Sprinkle Roger Melin
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Play 119 E.J. Squire Roger Melin
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Play 120 Joseph Stevens Roger Melin
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Play 121 George W. Stewart Roger Melin
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Play 122 Samuel Stubberfield Roger Melin
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Play 123 Perry S. Summerville Roger Melin
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Play 124 Wm. Thayer Roger Melin
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Play 125 Marian Thomas Roger Melin
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Play 126 Samuel J. Thrasher Roger Melin
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Play 127 Caswell C. Tipton Roger Melin
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Play 128 Wilson S. Tracey Roger Melin
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Play 129 Robert A. Trent Roger Melin
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Play 130 Isaac Van Nuys Roger Melin
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Play 131 J.W. Vanscoyve Roger Melin
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Play 132 Alonzo A. Van Vlack Roger Melin
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Play 133 Albert Varnell Roger Melin
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Play 134 G.W. Watts Roger Melin
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Play 135 William Wendt Roger Melin
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Play 136 M.C. White Roger Melin
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Play 137 Nathan S. Williams Roger Melin
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Play 138 William H. Williams Roger Melin
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Play 139 George N. Young Roger Melin
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Play 140 J.P. Zaizer Roger Melin
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