PROMM with Hilda Koontz
$3 per person to attend**
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Topic: The Saltana Disaster: Freedom’s Dream Gone Awry
Date: July 24, 2019 • In the early morning hours of April 27, 1865, the steamship Sultana exploded and sank on the Mississippi River seven miles north of Memphis. This tragedy is still the most costly disaster in U.S. maritime history and the death toll exceeds that of the Titanic. On board the ship that night were nearly 2400 people, mostly Union prisoners of war returning from Andersonville and Cahaba; a mere 600 of them survived.
This program will introduce you to the ship, the hapless souls that sailed aboard her that night, the heroic and not so heroic acts of the survivors, and the greed, incompetence and mechanical forces that caused her demise. We will also discuss why this tragedy is given so little attention in American history.
Hilda C. Koontz is a writer, editor and former journalist. She is a frequent speaker for the National Museum of Civil War Medicine, The Little Big Horn Associates and for numerous Civil War roundtables and historical societies, including those in Chicago and St. Louis. Ms. Koontz is Past President of the Gettysburg Civil War Roundtable and a member of The Company of Military Historians.
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