By Alan Huffman
“One of the main riveting conflict tales i've got ever read….Huffman’s gentle, intimate prose ushers you thru this nightmare as though you have been dwelling it yourself.”
—Sebastian Junger, writer of The ideal Storm
The dramatic precise tale of the worst maritime catastrophe in U.S. historical past, Alan Huffman’s Sultana brings to breathtaking lifestyles a sad, lengthy forgotten occasion in America’s Civil War—the sinking of the steamship Sultana and the lack of 1,700 lives, commonly Union squaddies returning domestic from accomplice criminal camps. A gripping account that reads like a nonfiction Cold Mountain, Sultana is strong, relocating, wealthy in irony and engaging ancient detail—a tale no historical past aficionado or Civil conflict buff should want to miss.
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After crossing a pontoon bridge downriver from Campbellton on July 28, McCook said that his males encountered accomplice snipers at “every hill at the highway. ” Leaving troops at the back of to distract the Rebels, he moved towards Palmetto, the place he stumbled on and destroyed a commissary wagon teach and killed at the very least 400 accomplice mules. a few bills positioned the variety of slaughtered mules even better, yet notwithstanding many it used to be, operating sabers via countless numbers of mules should have been grisly and unhappy. From there the boys driven directly to Lovejoy’s Station, at the Macon & Western Railroad, the place they reduce the telegraph traces; burned the depot and the water tower; and destroyed cotton bales, shops of tobacco, bacon, lard, salt, and ordnance, and a mile of song. Harrison’s males reached Lovejoy’s Station later an analogous day and likewise all started tearing up the tracks. harassed via Stoneman’s no-show, McCook ultimately gave up on him and headed west. there has been additionally confusion over McCook’s meant direction, and the column made gradual growth as a result of bounty in their raids, occasional insurgent assaults, and the truth that the boys had now not bedded down for sixty hours. achieving Newnan, the exhausted infantrymen occurred upon insurgent cavalry getting ready to leave via educate for Atlanta, who fired upon them from the educate home windows and within reach cellar doorways and rooftops. “Yonder comes the Yanks now,” one shocked insurgent shouted over the wail of the locomotive. The eighth Indiana used to be outnumbered ten to at least one and fled after replacing a couple of pictures, then lower back with reinforcements, at which element they have been met by means of the equally strengthened Rebels, lower than Generals Wheeler and Ross, the latter of whom said, “Friends and foes have been combined up within the fight, with out regard to reserve or association, and common hand-to-hand encounters have been the end result. Many circumstances of trap and recaptures happened through the day, the victor one second turning into a captive to his prisoner the subsequent. ” Ross proudly proclaimed the trap of approximately 600 Union squaddies and flags from the second Indiana and the eighth Iowa, the latter of which raised the white flag of quit. He additionally mentioned shooting a variety of items of artillery, ambulances, horses, and arms—none of which, significantly, have been pointed out within the Union dispatches. finally the eighth fled, forsaking its cherished Colonel Harrison, who was once separated from his command and located himself by myself, with out his horse. not able to run simply because his calves have been cramped from exertion, he was once cornered by means of the Rebels and, like Stoneman, ended up in felony in Macon. After fleeing Newnan, the eighth used to be back surrounded by means of a great insurgent strength, and Colonel Fielder Jones known as for a withdrawal. Amid the confusion, his mule trains and led horses stampeded, and as soon as he controlled to revive order and reclaim his troops, the boys misplaced their means. certainly one of his officials suggested discovering “an imprecise highway, yet he couldn't confirm the place it resulted in. ” Jones determined to keep on with it besides. They quickly ran up opposed to a superior line of Rebels, at which aspect McCook, answerable for the final Union strength, turns out to have misplaced his nerve.