The Story Behind Tennessee’s Most Tragic Shipwreck Will Completely Captivate You

Tennessee is home to a lot of amazing history. Not only is it home to the worst train accident in United States history (we put a link at the end of the article for those who are curious), but it’s also home to the worst maritime disaster in the country’s history as well. On a fateful night in April of 1865, just days after the Civil War was formally ended and President Lincoln was assassinated, the Sultana steamboat left Memphis on its journey to bring thousands of Union soldiers back to the North from the war. Unfortunately, it would never make it.

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Check out this video from the History Channel for more in-depth discussion of the disaster and the events that surrounded it.

When it comes to disasters, Tennessee has had an unfortunate history. It’s also the home to the deadliest train wreck in US history, and the story will chill you.