Sultana Heritage Festival in Marion, AR
The story of the Sultana is among the most tragic in American history. To date the explosion of this ship is still the worst maritime disaster in American history. The ill-fated ship exploded in late April 1865 overpacked with Union soldiers returning from prison camps in the South. The boat left Vicksburg and exploded just north of Memphis, killing the majority of those on board. This event is the first of many in Marion, Arkansas- near the site if the final resting place of the Sultana.