One Of The Worst Disasters In U.S. History Happened Right Here In Arkansas
By J.B. VanDyke|Published February 13, 2017
J.B. Weisenfels has lived in rural Arkansas for three decades. She is a writer, a mom, and a graduate student. She is also an avid collector of tacky fish whatnots, slightly chipped teapots, and other old things. In her spare time she enjoys driving to the nearest creek to sit a while. If you were to visit her, she'd try to feed you cornbread.
The sinking of the Sultana was vastly overshadowed by another event. You see, the day before the ship burned down to the waterline near Marion, Arkansas, a man named John Wilkes Booth had shot President Abraham Lincoln. Nevertheless, the Sultana disaster was a heartbreaking, far-reaching tragedy. In fact, it was the worst maritime disaster in U.S. history. More people died in the sinking of the Sultana than the sinking of the Titanic.