Historic Markers Across Tennessee

The Sultana Disaster

Marker ID: THC 4E 93
Location: 40 Riverside Dr, Memphis, TN
County: Shelby
Coordinates: N 35° 8.822    W 090° 3.337
  35.14703333    -90.05561666
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: None


The Sultana Disaster

One of the worst maritime disasters in world history occurred 7 miles north of Memphis on April 27, 1865, when the steamer Sultana exploded and burned with the loss of over 1,547 lives. Built to carry only 376 passengers, the Sultana had over 2,300 on board at the time of the disaster. Most were Union soldiers from Tennessee, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Indiana and Virginia, who were on their way home following their release from the Confederate prisons at Andersonville and Cahaba.

Tennessee Historical Commission.