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Sultana Memorial

In memory of those who died on the ill-fated passenger steamer Sultana On April 27, 1865, just north of Memphis, the luxury steamer Sultana's massive boilers exploded. The disaster claimed over 1500 lives - a death toll exceeding that of the Titanic. The soldier was returning home and longed to see loved ones, the bride and the bridegroom talked of future plans, and the mother embraced her babe in sleep. We salute their memory, and for the agony and terror of that night, we bid them god's mercy. Placed by Dr. Robert Kaplan Dr. Cristine Mroz Jim and Barbara Taylor Historians Hugh E. Berryman PhD - Jerry Potter May 1989