Tuesday, August 8, 2017

The Sultana Disaster at MCCWRT Tonight: One of the Biggest Crooks in the Union Army, Ruben Hatch

Tonight's presentation of the McHenry County Civil War Round Table will be at the Woodstock Public Library in Woodstock, Illinois, from 7 to 9 p.m..  The library is located at 414 W. Judd Street.

Gene Salecker will present "Ruben Hatch:  Sultana Boarding Agent in Vicksburg for Prisoners Coming Home."

On April 24, 1865, the steamer Sultana left Vicksburg carrying as many as 2,100 released prisoners from Andersonville and Cahaba along with 100 civilian passengers and a crew of 85.  The ship was extremely overcrowded carrying nearly six times over its 376 capacity.

At approximately 2 a.m. on April 27, nearly 7 miles north of Memphis  it blew up.

Lt.Col. Ruben Hatch and other officers and businessmen are responsible for what is called "The Worst Maritime Disaster in American History."

--Old Secesh

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