Over 1,700 people died, making it the worst marine disaster in U.S. history. This book looks at the disaster through the eyes of the victims themselves.
Author: Gene Salecker
Publisher: Naval Institute Press
At two o’clock in the morning on 27 April 1865, seven miles north of Memphis on the Mississippi, the sidewheel steamboat Sultana’s boilers suddenly exploded. Legally registered to carry 376 people, the boat was packed with 2,100 recently released Union prisoners-of-war. Over 1,700 people died, making it the worst marine disaster in U.S. history. This book looks at the disaster through the eyes of the victims themselves. It offers a concise, minute-by-minute account on the cause of the explosion and its effect on different parts of the boat. To focus on the personal stories of the victims, both civilian and soldier, Gene Eric Salecker patiently collected material from hundreds of letters, period newspaper stories, and other sources. Readers are first introduced to victims while they are languishing in Confederate prisons and follow their release to an exchange camp outside of Vicksburg to their eventual crowding onto the Sultana. His knowledgeable narrative is interwoven with individual reminiscences, including those of the heroic rescuers. He offers unprecedented details about the captain’s handling of the steamboat and corrects some long-held myths about the placement of the soldiers on the Sultana and newspaper coverage of the disaster. A large portion of the book covers rescue attempts, both successful and failed, and the aftermath of the disaster as it affected those involved. With its emphasis on the human-interest aspect of the Sultana, this book brings to the literature a critical point of view and much new research.
Author: American National Red CrossPublish On: 1938
Disaster Number 2,128 Chronologically, the Ohio-Mississippi Valley Flood of
1937 was disaster number 2,128 in American Red Cross experience. The Red
Cross had functioned up to June 30, 1937, in 2,190 disasters—1,766 domestic
Author: United States. Congress. Senate. Committee on Public Works. Subcommittee on Disaster ReliefPublish On: 1973
Within a week the question was answered by 18 disaster teams to Pennsylvania
from the U.S. Office of Education ... for the Record and answers to questions
which were raised during your Subcommittee's hearings in Biloxi , Mississippi .
Author: United States. Congress. Senate. Committee on Public Works. Subcommittee on Disaster Relief
Author: United States. Congress. Senate. Committee on Public WorksPublish On: 1973
Within a week the question was answered by 18 disaster teams to Pennsylvania
from the U.S. Office of Education. ... for the Record and answers to questions
which were raised during your Subcommittee's hearings in Biloxi, Mississippi.
Author: United States. Congress. Senate. Committee on Public Works
Then he tells the gripping story of the river's inexorable rise: residents fled to refugee camps and higher ground, towns imposed martial law, prisoners rioted, Red Cross nurses endured terrifying conditions, and FDR dispatched thousands of ...
Author: David Welky
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
In the early days of 1937, the Ohio River, swollen by heavy winter rains, began rising. And rising. And rising. By the time the waters crested, the Ohio and Mississippi had climbed to record heights. Nearly four hundred people had died, while a million more had run from their homes. The deluge caused more than half a billion dollars of damage at a time when the Great Depression still battered the nation. Timed to coincide with the flood's seventy-fifth anniversary, The Thousand-Year Flood is the first comprehensive history of one of the most destructive disasters in American history. David Welky first shows how decades of settlement put Ohio valley farms and towns at risk and how politicians and planners repeatedly ignored the dangers. Then he tells the gripping story of the river's inexorable rise: residents fled to refugee camps and higher ground, towns imposed martial law, prisoners rioted, Red Cross nurses endured terrifying conditions, and FDR dispatched thousands of relief workers. In a landscape fraught with dangers—from unmoored gas tanks that became floating bombs to powerful currents of filthy floodwaters that swept away whole towns—people hastily raised sandbag barricades, piled into overloaded rowboats, and marveled at water that stretched as far as the eye could see. In the flood's aftermath, Welky explains, New Deal reformers, utopian dreamers, and hard-pressed locals restructured not only the flood-stricken valleys, but also the nation's relationship with its waterways, changes that continue to affect life along the rivers to this day. A striking narrative of danger and adventure—and the mix of heroism and generosity, greed and pettiness that always accompany disaster—The Thousand-Year Flood breathes new life into a fascinating yet little-remembered American story.
The night before the ' Pennsylvania ' left, Henry and I sat chatting on a freight pile
on the levee till midnight. The subject of the chat, mainly, was one which I think
we had not exploited before — steamboat disasters. One was then on its way to ...
Congress. Senate. Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.
Ad Hoc Subcommittee on Disaster Recovery. C. Mississippi Has Spent Only 21%
of its CDBG Funds to LMI Mississippians and Less than 2% of its CDBG funds to
Author: United States. Congress. House. Committee on Government ReformPublish On: 2006
Mississippi developed and implemented a eight week , statewide “ Stay Alert ,
Stay Alive " hurricane awareness ... quotes for base camps , generators , pumps ,
and other critical equipment that could be needed in the early hours of a disaster
Author: United States. Congress. House. Committee on Government Reform
Author: Mississippi. State Board of HealthPublish On: 1963
EMERGENCY HEALTH The The immediate aftereffects of a tornado , flood ,
hurricane , Problem explosion or other disaster indicate a need for careful
planning for such emergencies . As Mississippi becomes more industrialized and
The Mississippi River Flood of 1927 Nineteen-twenty-seven was not the first year
that the Mississippi River overflowed. The river had its own natural cycle, usually
flooding in the spring and again in early summer ... then settling back into its ...
Author: Kevin R. Kosar
Publisher: DIANE Publishing
In the wake of the destruction caused by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, the press has looked to the past for examples of fed. responses to natural disasters that might serve as models for emulation today. The fed. response to the flood of 1927 featured Sec. of Commerce Herbert Hoover as the director of the flood response and wielding immense executive powers. This report describes the flood of 1927, and assesses the fed. government¿s response. Pres. Calvin Coolidge created a quasi-governmental commission that included members of his Cabinet and the Red Cross. This commission encouraged the public to donate funds to the relief effort and gave Hoover near-absolute authority to organize and oversee its response. A print on demand report.
With the levees in place , the lowlands beyond the river did not flood as often and
people began building homes . History of Flooding and Disaster Response The Mississippi River flooded in 1927 , killing at least 1000 people and inundating 1 ...
Author: Harry Ward Richardson
Publisher: Edward Elgar Pub
Hurricane Katrina was a pivotal event in the history of disaster mismanagement, whose impact will be felt well into the future. The papers in this volume explore key policy implications arising from the storm and its aftermath.
Antitrust And Trade Regulation &= 212 Mitigating the disaster: Lessons from Mississippi. Lash, Morse, 77 Miss. L.J. 873 (Spring 2008). In general 1 1. In
general Mortgagee was not required to institute foreclosure proceedings on
property in ...
The Signal Service Office had given out a prediction of fifty-one feet, but the
failure of the upper Mississippi to rise, prevented that stage being reached. The
river at St. Louis had then but five feet of water. On March 14, Chief Signal Officer
A. W. ...
According to the local food stamp office , any household which suffered a loss
greater than its income for the disaster month qualified for food stamps . The
application form for emergency food stamp assistance solicits information on
The majority report supported by the quartermaster general required the senior
officer at a natural disaster scene to report the facts to the adjutant general and to
the Army departmental commander with jurisdiction where the disaster occurred .
Author: Upper Mississippi River Basin CommissionPublish On: 1981
Upper Mississippi River Basin Commission ... ( P.L. 93-383 ) as amended
Discretionary Disaster Program ( provides floodproofing assistance after flood disasters ) DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Reclamation I Small
Statistical Commission and Economic ComGalloway , G. E. ( 1995 ) The Mississippi basin flood of 1993 . mission for Europe . Conference of European
Statisticians . Prepared for the Workshop on Reducing the Vulnerability Work
Session on ...