- Anniversary of Sultana commemorated at monument
- By Nancy Hastings
Posted Apr. 27, 2015 at 8:45 AM
Hillsdale, Mich. HILLSDALE — The 150th anniversary of an event most rarely remembered was cause for a small group to meet on the Hillsdale County Courthouse lawn recently, where a monument commemorates the SS Sultana.On April 27, 1865, the sinking of the SS Sultana claimed the lives of 1,700, creating the largest maritime disaster in United States history.The Sultana was a wooden steamship carrying Union soldiers just released from Confederate prisoner of war camps up the Mississippi River after the Civil War ended.The overloaded ship was only rated to carry 376 passengers and sank north of Memphis, Tennessee, after its boiler exploded, killing many of those aboard or leaving them to drown in the Mississippi.