Francis Aubry was injured and died as a result of this disaster

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1 t ' 1 ". j ' : of of no a Ia in no of the his the of Drm&-crat, to it, to if of a " to ma- a to to - a a s. Shocking Ste aaa boat Dtsaster-Ex-plosioa Dtsaster-Ex-plosioa Dtsaster-Ex-plosioa Dtsaster-Ex-plosioa Dtsaster-Ex-plosioa or the Steamer Sultaaa- Sultaaa- Over a Tkoasaad Lives Lost Ap palling DetaUa. " . pacial Inopatck to th. Cincinaati Gaaatta.1 r . . - , Caiao, April , The following is tke Memphis Bulletin' Account ef th disaster: . .... The steamer Sultana, Captain Mason, arrived arrived from New Orleans last night, tha 26 th, with about 2,200 people on board, 1,964 of whom war exchanged ' Federal prisoner from Yickaburg, the balance being refugees and regular passenger from various point along.! the -river, -river, proceeding toward St. Leuis. She left tho coal-pU coal-pU coal-pU about one o'clock this morning, and had xoad soma sight a tea miles, wkea an explosion ef one of ker boiler occurred Tho boat, with its mass of living freight, took fire ia the vicinity vicinity of tho engines, and ia. a short time aha was baraed to tke water, aad now lies oa a .sandbar -aeax -aeax Fogleman's Landing, nothing visible . bat her charred remain aad Jackstaff standing erect. Th scene following the explosion was ter-ribble ter-ribble ter-ribble aad heart-rending heart-rending heart-rending ia the extreme. Hundreds ef people were blown into tke air,' and descending iate the water, some dead, sua with broken limbs, some resided, were borne under tke resistless current of the great river, never to rise again. The survivors survivors represent tke scream as agonising beyond precedent. Some clung to frail pieces of the wreck, a drewning men cling te straws, and sustained themselves for a few momenta, but finally became exhausted and . sunk. Only tke best of Swimmers, aided by fragments of tke wreck, were enabled to reach tho woods, and there take refuge, until rescued by boat seat from tke landing here to their assistance. . There were about fifteen women and children children aboard, aad as near as eaa be ascertained, ascertained, not-more not-more not-more than two or three kad been found at the time wkea this account was ' written. Some of tke wretched people were borne by the current aa far down aa the levee of this city, and this was the first intimation the officers ef th boats in port received of the terrible disaster. A yawl was immediately immediately sent out from the Marble City, and in a few minutes several persons were picked out of the water and brought ashore. Two were afterward found clinging to the wheel, and they were also saved. Upon being brought to a realisatica of the calamity, tho officers of tke boats in port, under notification notification of Captain 8enior, of the River Guard, steamed up, and ta a abort time were at the burning steamer, where hundreds of people were picked up and brought to this landing, arriving about daylight. They were met by a number of cititens and ladiea, who supplied supplied them with abundant of dry clothing from the Quartermaster' Department and from various stores. - At this time it it impossible to give a correct correct statement of the cause of be accident, and number or names of the lostnd saved. ; Every thing Is in the greatest enn fusion. Mr. Rawberry, the first mate, wa on tha watch, and standing in the pilothous with Captain George Clayton, who was at the wheel at the time of the explosion. He oily remembers the shock, tkat he waa blown it. ato the air, and waa afterward taken from the water. He saw the lower deck- deck- in flames and know no more. Ho can give no idea of the cause of tke accident, and says tko I boat was going at ordinary speed, and all ! seemed well np to the moment the explosion ' occurred; that tho Second Engineer, a sober, I reliable maa named Clemens, was st ths en-j en-j en-j giaea, and that nothing more tkan common . waa in progress. Captain Cayton was also ! hurled into tho wreck among the broken boiler and rubbish, sustaining slight injuries. injuries. Ho immediately jumped overboard i with a door, by which he wa enabled to reach the Arkansas shore, three miles be-i be-i be-i low, where, striking a sapling, ke seixed and i clung to it until saved, j ' Clemens, tke engineer, was badly burned i and scalded, and can hardly recover. Mr. John Foglemaa, residing on the Arkan- Arkan- saa aide, on being aroused by the noise and i atrabtedf VruoanrafT, lf3,"i&" tnTs" wa, "Ull , the means of saving about one hundred , lives. In the woods, among the drift of the I wreck, tho officer of the Rose Hambleton, ! found a family Bible, containing the records of a family named Spikes, of .Assumption i Parish, Louisiana. The names recorded are ' Samuel D. Spike and Elethia Spike, married ; October 81, 1837. Tke record shows there j were twelve ia tbo family. It wa subse-I subse-I subse-I quently learned that the father, mother, three daughtere, two brothers, and a niece were lost. Several of tho bodies were recovered. This family had f 17,000 in gold, all of which was lost. s Th steamer Boston a No. 2, Captain Watson, Watson, waa coming down stream from Cincinnati Cincinnati when the explosion occurred, and rendered valuable assistance, saving many lives. The Pocahontas, Silver Spray, Marble Marble City, the gunboat Essex, Rose' Hambleton, Hambleton, and others, also rendered much eervioe. At the time of the explosion, Captain Mason had retired from watch, and was in bed. He was afterward seen throwing shutters and doors to tha assistance of people people in th water, and here all traces of him vanished. Clerks Gamble and Stratton are also missing. Ths Sultana was officered as fallows: Msater, J. C. Mason ; First Clerk, W. J. Gamble ; Second Clerk, Wm. Stratton; Pilots, George Cayton and Henry Inrrham; Engineers, Engineers, Nathan Wintengerand Clemens West: Mate, William Rowberry: Steward, Henry Cross. George Cayton and Wm. Rowberry were the only officers known to be saved, except Clemens, who is almost dead. The body of Wm Cruddes, Co. L 1st Virginia Cavalry, from ' Wheeling, Va was found. He had taken the precaution to label himself. Among the soldiers on board were 3U com missioned officers. The troops were of various various regiments, and nearly all exchanged prisoners. They belonged principally to Western regiment. At the hour of writing only 500 or 600 person bad been saved. Not less than one thousand live were burled into eternity by thi most wonderful of all river disasters. Hon. W. D. Snow, member of Congress from Arkansas, was on board, and escaped uninjured. uninjured. . FABTTAl) tlST OF SAVD. ., The following named persons drifted down. and were saved at Fort Pickering: Lieuten- Lieuten- aai J. N. kflor, 175th Ohio; Sergeant Lew Mills, 10th Indiana Cav Sergeant Wm. M. Duke, 42d Ohio; L. Brooke, 2d Michigan Cav Commissary Sergeant Zacharias, 7th Michigan; Corporal Peacock, 9th Indiana Cav C M. Eldridage, 3d Tennessee Cav J. Baker, do; J. Fierce, do.; 11. Hamilton, do.; N. R. Russell, de; H. Jordan, do .Levi Heckner, doj M. Thomas, do J. M. Dough erty, do J. Milsape, do.; S. Weeae, doj J. Kaulsee, do.; J. Decker, do.; J. Pryor, do E. Wood, do.; J. B. Lackey, do.; M. Ramsey, doj W. H Chance, 9th Indiana Cavj E. Spencer, 8th Michigan Cav R. Talk-in Talk-in Talk-in ton, Indiana Cavj M. Dal v. 18th InTaatrc J. Parker, 95th Infantry; J. R. Delender, 3d Indiana cav f. al isrown, 6th Kentucky Cav H. Tan Fleet, 14th Ohio; M. Reynolds, 89th Indiana; H. P. Hunt, 3Gth Indiana; M. J. Gray, 6th Tennessee Cav O. L. Shelton, do J. Benson, 40th Indiana; J. Elating, 2d Michigan; A. Dipuro, 4th Ohio; E. Matthias, 64th Ohio; J. .Thatcher, 46ih Ohio; J. -Haley. -Haley. -Haley. 102d Ohio: B. Falshoman, 9th In diana ' Cav,- Cav,- D. Hites, 1021 - Ohior J. W, Jackson, 5th Kentucky Cavalry, ii. B. Wallace, 124th Ohio; G. JL Hodger, 9th Ohio; Cavalry; G. Decrial er, 13th Michigan; L. Cook, 28th Ohio, R. Carr, 7th Ohio Cavalry; John , Bevis, 9th Indiana; S. E. Whiter, 55th Ohio; W. McMurry, 4th Tennessee Cavalry; J. WescoU McClothiers, Ohio Cavalry; R. T. Hall, 2nd Kentucky Cavalry; J. W. Duns more, lat Michigan Engineer; J. Moore, 175th Ohio; C. Post do-; do-; do-; J. NoWland, 4th Ohio Cavalry; Cavalry; J. Welch, deck hand; G. M. Sheppard, 10th Indiana, and his father; th Indiana Sanitary Agent; Captain J. Walker, Elliott, 44th colored; Lieutenant J. F. Elliott; Company Company C, 125th Indiana; Lieutenant Suvain, 9th Indiana Cavalry; . Lieutenant W. F. Divas,' Company A, 10th Indiana Cavalry; Lieutenant Burnett, 12th Kentucky; Lien-tenant Lien-tenant Lien-tenant Dickinson, 2d Michigan Cavalry; Lieutenant McCard, 97th Ohio; Lieutenant Larkin, Lieutenant Squire, 101st Ohio; Captain Captain Tagrart, d-; d-; d-; Lieutenant Earle, 1st Michigan Engineers; Lieutenant Davis, 71st Ohio; Major Carlin, do; Captain Fooser, 58th Ohio; CapUla Haks, 115th Ohio. , . , STATrjixjt or a FAasKBoaa. . The uteama afarhla fHtv baa In at arrtnkf -from- -from- -from- Memphis. . Although the news Is ef tne greates impertaace aaa general tnter-eet, tnter-eet, tnter-eet, her officer tailed entirely to favor a ingl correspondent ia Cairo with tho pa- pa- per containing -It. -It. ' Consequently the reporters reporters and editors of Cairo are not indebted to this at earner for the following particulars of the most appalling steamboat disaster that perhaps ever occurred : , After considerable delay, your correspondent correspondent kas obtained a detailed account of tho blowing up of tho steamer Sultana and a shocking loss of Life. Th Memphis liullftim publishes a statement by Mr. D. Snow, TJ. a Senator from Arkansas, wkick la aa fallows: Oa tke morning of the 27th, about 3 o'clock, I waa awakened by a sensible tremor or shudder passing over tho boat, but heard bo explusion. Not antieipatiag such a terrible terrible eoaseqaeace, I arose and deliberately dressed. Just before finishing dressing I became aware of a large volume of steam being driven through the cabin by tha wind. I opened tko door of my state-room, state-room, state-room, and ia aa ia stent realised tke herror -ef -ef tho fact that the boiler kad exploded, killing aad scalding many; thai the pilot-house, pilot-house, pilot-house, and at least one-third one-third one-third of the cabin-roof, cabin-roof, cabin-roof, had fallen ia ; that the boiler-deck boiler-deck boiler-deck aad boat were oa are, with a fresh breese carrying th flames witk lightning-lite lightning-lite lightning-lite rapidity through tke balance of the cabin, toward tha ladies' saloon. saloon. I stepped back to avoid the heat, and danaded myself of my dress, except my paata aad vest, aad rushed aa the rear of the boat, wkich was ia the channel and much nearer, the Tenneeaee thaa the Arkansas aide. I looked over toward the Tea n esse aide with a view of leaping, but found it a sea of heads, so close together I that it was impossibls to jump without kili- kili- ing one or more. I determined to try the j Arkansas share, which was about three-quarters three-quarters three-quarters of a mils distant. I passed over i several bodies of dead men, killed and I trampled in the mad rush which must have occurred some moments prior to my auveni on that part of the boat. I found tha same ' sea of heada on that aide, but discovered that f the flames had driven them from tha vicinity oi the wDeei-nouse, wDeei-nouse, wDeei-nouse, ana Dy getting a cios a possible to an open place to leap in. Prior to leaping I saw several husbands fasten life-preservers life-preservers life-preservers to their wives and children, and throw them overboard into the struggling msss below. I struck out for the Arkansaa shore, and reached a log lodged in fifteen feet of watec among the overflowed cotton-wood cotton-wood cotton-wood land. At tea loiautea to four, by my watch, which had not ceased to run, after four hours of exposure I was rescued by tho steamer Silver Spray. The Sultana contained 2,175 souls. The density with which they were packed had awakened my curiosity, and I looked over with the Clerk his certificate and books before before retiring. This number included eighty-five eighty-five eighty-five hands employed on the boat. There were some females, beside a few children. The bulk of the passengers were returned prieoners from Andersonville, which place they left on the 17th of last February. Among them were tho remnant, at that point, of the prisoner captured at Chickamauga and Gettysburg. They numbered altogether 1,966 men and 35 officers. A large number of horses were on the boat, which providentially providentially became unresisting victims to the flames. Had they broken loose, the fate of the swimmers would have been determined within two hundred yards of the boat. As near as can be estimated without other data than observation, between, two and three hundred reached the bank, while about an ' qual number floated down the Stream oa onors and furniture. ' A dense m estimated at about 500, took refuge oa the bun - .v. v. whii the flame wer driven aft by tho wintE"". few moment afterward the wheel-houses, wheel-houses, wheel-houses, loosened by tho concussion and flames, fell off outward, and tho boat turned stern upstream, upstream, reversing tho flames.' The largest part of this number must then have perished, as they had no' material at hand to throw over to sustain themselves, except a few bales of bay, which wore immediately seised on the turning of tho boat. The gng planks were thrown overboard, but sank at once under their living freight, and rose too far out of reach for moot Tho yawl-boat yawl-boat yawl-boat wa launched, bottom up, from tho hurri- hurri- , evls of those below, and afforded a support for bf lew in ma condition. . The whole time before the boat was an entire sheet of flame, could not have exceeded twenty minutes. I was not mora than one-third one-third one-third of the distance to shore when I observed the fact. The prisoners represented almost every State in the Union, even Texas, and the calamity will be as ' widely felt as a battle of no inoonsiderablo 4 proportions. Charleston. I From th. Philadelphia Iaqoirar. CiiABLarrox, S. C, April 23, l.Vi.". The story, so often and industriously circulated circulated by the rebel newspapers of Charleston, Charleston, that the city did not suffer much from the long and persistent shelling of the Yankees in that harbor, may be ranked as among the most glaring of the fearful number number of falsehoods for which they were notorious. notorious. The first feeling a stranger experiences, experiences, on entering the city, is one of extreme desolation. Every-where Every-where Every-where there ia unmistakable unmistakable evidence of tke dreadful work dona by tko Yankee firing. That part of tha city known as ''down town," which was nearest within range of our batteries on Morris Island, is almost a eompleta wreck. There ia scarcely a house which has not been perforated perforated more or less by shelL In some instances, instances, the entire end or front of the house where the deadly missiles struck, is torn away. The windowa in nearly every house are shattered, so that scarcely a whole pane of glass rem sin s. It . wccld be difficult to designate the "burned district" of Charleston, for there are few portions of it which, do not give evidence of having been visited by confla-. confla-. confla-. grations. Some of them arer of course, more extensive than others. 'The great fire which occurred in 186 did. the greatest havoc. It broke out ia tha heart of tha city, aad the track of ita deeolatiqg Waste ia atill to be seen in the square upon squares of rule wkich remain as they wer left standing standing by the devouring element. . No attempt seems to have been made by" the Charles-tonians Charles-tonians Charles-tonians to "build again the waste piaoea" made by the fire, nor even to clear away tha rubbish. They evidently had no heart for the work; besides most of the district was "down town," and, of course, subject to the fire from the Yankees, which rendered it unsafe for any working parties. There re many other parts of the city, however, where large fires occurred, partly caused by tke shelling, partly the work of incendiaries, incendiaries, and partly ei accident. ,The whole presents a most dismal, desolated appearance, appearance, and impresses yeu with the idea that a grand attempt waa made to destroy the satire satire city by fire, : Another thing that contributes to the desolate appearance of tho city, is tho large number of stores and dwellings which still remain closed. So faatas tke storesare concerned, concerned, this is not quite so prevalent! jus t now as it was wkea our forces, entered tke city ; still, in what was the business portion of the city, where tho wholesale stores were, there is very little appearance of life or activity. activity. Tke streets are comparatively deserted, deserted, except by our soldiers, wko garrison tho place, sad by negroes. THS TOMB OF CALHOUB. - The grave of the great secessionist is now la possession of the Yankees.-' Yankees.-' Yankees.-' Although accessible to all visitors, there has been 'no desecration of tha tombstone aor any disturbing disturbing of tke surroundings. In a bold band, ia pencil, some visitor kas inscribed tha following : " A Massachusetts man and an Abolitionist abhors the desecration of this tomb;" and In another place, "Respect ourselves, if wo do not him who lies beneath this tomb." The Parisiaa rulers of fashion have decreed decreed that the female dress of the Empire shall be brought into full fashion this sam-mer. sam-mer. sam-mer. Already ahopa and saloons discover the queer-looking queer-looking queer-looking Utile half-bat half-bat half-bat bonnets of th day of Napoleon L and there are dresses to be eeen with very, very lew waists, which will reveal more than we have seen of the ladies for many years ia society. It is reported that Maximilian has deter 1 mined that the Empress shall return to E- E- rope, a circumstance which is regarded 4t buvbb: symptom or ai waat of eonfiaTne&J ia tha stability of his empire. a . - . . ... . v-a- v-a- v-a- v-a- reai gsa.' President Lincoln.' The UtUFir oeived it. Dick Moboab. a brother f'jc,eber 1 a T , J . . . -V. -V. icaurr wonn morgan, naa Dee if-- if-- if-- V th Illinois State Penitentiary "Xrfus?.' Rbsiohatiob of Gixbjial Bnaas-oa. Bnaas-oa. Bnaas-oa. tho 14th instant Major-General' Major-General' Major-General' mailed, in New Tork. hi. iaiM.njV u -

Clipped from The Cincinnati Enquirer01 May 1865, MonPage 1

The Cincinnati Enquirer (Cincinnati, Ohio)01 May 1865, MonPage 1
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