By Alan Huffman
“One of the main riveting warfare tales i've got ever read….Huffman’s soft, intimate prose ushers you thru this nightmare as though you have been dwelling it yourself.”
—Sebastian Junger, writer of The excellent Storm
The dramatic actual tale of the worst maritime catastrophe in U.S. historical past, Alan Huffman’s Sultana brings to breathtaking existence a sad, lengthy forgotten occasion in America’s Civil War—the sinking of the steamship Sultana and the lack of 1,700 lives, more often than not Union infantrymen returning domestic from accomplice felony camps. A gripping account that reads like a nonfiction Cold Mountain, Sultana is strong, relocating, wealthy in irony and interesting historic detail—a tale no heritage aficionado or Civil conflict buff may want to miss.
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Our therapy there has been an outstanding development on Andersonville, we receiving extra rations and better,” he wrote. “The electorate confirmed us a great deal of sympathy, furnishing garments and provisions, all they can, even supposing opposite to orders. the women could come close to adequate to the camp to throw us from one to part a dozen loaves of bread at a time. I belief they'd their gift. ” via October Newton was once in Florence, “which for merciless torture in comparison to the quantity there, was once no longer a lot, if any development on Andersonville. The chilly was once worse to undergo for lots of people than the warmth; we had more room to the fellow, a bit extra water, a bit extra wooden, yet our rations have been extra restricted than at Andersonville. ” whereas in Florence he anticipated that three-fifths of the prisoners got here down with fevers. “I used to be performed by way of my comrades, as they imagined to die, to what bore the identify of hospital,” he wrote. “The very first thing was once to chop my hair brief, inflicting me to get a serious chilly. I recovered just a little, so in approximately 9 days was once despatched into camp. It appeared as though i might starve faster in health center than in camp; yet stuck one other serious chilly, which prompted a critical ache in my correct facet which has clung to me in a few positions ever considering. ” at the day after Christmas, Keys wrote, “Rainy. No convenience to be stumbled on both in retrospection, anticipation or the contemplation of the current. ” In a merciless twist, the various prisoners have been ultimately despatched again to Andersonville. Chester Berry, who have been despatched via teach to Savannah in October, marched with a wide team of prisoners overland again to Andersonville, the place he arrived on Christmas Eve “with scarcely a ray of desire. ” J. Walter Elliott remained on the legal in Macon throughout the compelled wanderings because the prisoners have been shunted round Georgia and the Carolinas. He provided no reasons why, and there's no indication that he was once too in poor health to be moved, as have been the bulk who remained, yet he stayed in Macon till March 1865. approximately 5 thousand different prisoners have been nonetheless contained in the stockade, the place he was once finally transferred, and whilst notice got here that the prisoners may ultimately be exchanged, “Oh! the joyous shout that made the fortress partitions ring out,” Elliott proclaimed. “How each one people laughed and cried, shook arms with and hugged his fellows, and becoming a member of palms in a circle, in strong previous Methodist campmeeting-alter kind, as all of us joined in making a song ‘Rally around the Flag, Boys. ’ the enjoyment of that stable hour greater than repaid all earlier tribulations. ” As he waited on the depot with approximately 600 officials and enlisted males who have been contained in the stockade, Elliott persisted to collect info, noting that the boys “were begrimed and blackened by way of publicity, with out a pretense of defense from summer’s solar or winter’s rain; all susceptible and lean from hunger; many, too feeble to keep up themselves, have been actually encased in scales, underneath which have been myriads of residing vermin consuming all energy away. I observed doubled up and scarred in every single place, having been actually torn in items via the canine, simply because they tried to flee from the devil’s area.