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Steamboat Sultana waybill

 Collection — Folder: S2326
Identifier: S2326

Scope and Contents

This collection includes an "original waybill of the good steamboat Sultana" from W.W. Hanly in Cincinnati, Ohio, on April 9, 1863 regarding the sale of the steamboat Sultana.


  • 1863/04/09

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Historical Note

On April 27, 1865, the steamboat Sultana exploded and sank seven miles north of Memphis, Tennessee. Of the reported 2,300 passengers, more than 1,700 people died, among there number just-released Union prisoners of war. The Sultana disaster occurred just 18 days after the April 9, 1865 surrender of General Robert E. Lee, and 13 days after the April 14 assassination of President Abraham Lincoln. The Sultana was built in 1863 in Cincinnati, Ohio. After the U.S. Civil War, the Sultana and other steamboats were commissioned to transport Union solders at $5 each from Vicksburg, Mississippi to Cairo, Illinois. The Sultana had docked at Memphis for coal, when a formerly repaired boiler exploded spreading fire throughout the ship. The event is often considered the worst maritime disaster in U.S. history. Source:

Ambrose, Stephen. "Remembering Sultana." National Geographic News, May 1, 2001. Accessed December 3, 2015.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a purchase from David Webb on 1944/01/31.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2015/12/03 by Linda Gellert. EAD finding aid created 2015/12/03 by Linda Gellert. EAD finding aid revised 2016/02/11 by Brittany Kropf.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.