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Post by Roger » February 11th, 2018, 1:24 pm

Loss of the Sultana by Chester D. Berry (1844 - 1926).

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April, 1865. The country was in turmoil. The U.S. Civil War had come to an end, thousands of Union prisoners of war had recently been released, and President Lincoln had just been assassinated. The steamship 'Sultana' left New Orleans on April 21st, traveled to Vicksburg, Mississippi where it took on 1,965 federal soldiers and 35 officers, all recently released prisoners of war, most of them held at the prison camps of Cahaba (or Cahawba, near Selma, Alabama) and Andersonville (in southwest Georgia), and now finally headed for their homes.

The 'Sultana' arrived in Memphis, Tennessee on April 26th and headed north toward Cairo, Illinois carrying over 2,100 passengers, but designed for a capacity of only 376. At approximately 2:00 a.m. of the 27th, mere hours after the assassination of John Wilkes Booth, the 'Sultana' mysteriously exploded while steaming about 7 miles north of Memphis, killing over 1,500 on board (estimates vary). The sole reason this incident received such scant attention at the time, and ever since, is the fact that the country was understandably absorbed in the recent assassinations. Subsequent inquiry into the 'Sultana' disaster would uncover some startling revelations into its cause, some believe leading directly to the topmost levels of the U.S. Government. The loss of the 'Sultana' was the greatest maritime disaster in U.S. history, up until the bombing of Pearl Harbor. This book, composed by Chester Berry, one of the survivors, is unique in that it gives firsthand account from well over 100 of the survivors of the tragedy in their own words.

Note - The online e-text (link provided) includes 3 lists for reference, however are not included in this audio release:
1 - An official list of prisoners of war on the Sultana, including company served with
2 - Persons known to have been on board the Sultana, but not reported
3 - Name, Company, Regiment, and present (1892) residence of living survivors ( Roger Melin)
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    Keywords that describe the book: disaster, civil war, andersonville, mississippi river, cahaba, steamship, explosion, 1865, prisoners of war

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Post by craigdav1 » February 11th, 2018, 1:29 pm

I can set this up for you. Would also enjoy being dpl. Heard about this disaster just a year or two ago.

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Post by Roger » February 11th, 2018, 1:37 pm

Note, this is an enormous project, I understand that. I would like to keep it as a single entity, if possible and if allowed.

It will be perfectly understandable if any DPL that might sign up chooses to withdraw at any time. Just inform myself and the MC.
The stories and mini-bios should be told, it's a fascinating read.

I believe I have sectioned out the book pretty accurately - that's right, 140 sections. Some are a bit lengthy, some are shorter.
There is a long list of names, regiments, etc. at the end of the book. I have chosen to include these, but if it is determined that omitting them might be in the best interest,
it would shorten the project by about 8-10 sections, and I'd be glad to do so.

Always open to suggestions and/or opinions. :D
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Post by Roger » February 11th, 2018, 1:39 pm

craigdav1 wrote:
February 11th, 2018, 1:29 pm
I can set this up for you. Would also enjoy being dpl. Heard about this disaster just a year or two ago.
Awesome! Thanks!!!
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Post by craigdav1 » February 11th, 2018, 1:50 pm

Let me know if anything needs fixing. I was truly blown away when I first heard about this disaster. Looking forward to your reads.

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Post by Roger » February 11th, 2018, 2:00 pm

craigdav1 wrote:
February 11th, 2018, 1:50 pm
Let me know if anything needs fixing. I was truly blown away when I first heard about this disaster...
Thanks. Hopefully 140 sections will stand firm, but I can't guarantee it at this point. This will take me a while.
I also was blown away when I first heard about this, and was delighted to find the Chester Berry book available. Had to read it.
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Post by craigdav1 » February 11th, 2018, 2:04 pm

I believe the maximum number of sections allowed is 156, so... On the other hand it is very easy to delete sections should you later decide that you don't need 153.

EDIT: I checked and the limit is actually 256 sections (imposed on us by the folks at Archive.org).

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Post by Roger » February 12th, 2018, 8:42 am

craigdav1 wrote:
February 11th, 2018, 2:04 pm
I believe the maximum number of sections allowed is 156, so... On the other hand it is very easy to delete sections should you later decide that you don't need 153.

EDIT: I checked and the limit is actually 256 sections (imposed on us by the folks at Archive.org).
OK, thanks for checking. If anything, I think the number of sections will be fewer rather than more. I'm now considering omitting the lists at the end of the book.
Is it permissible to do that? Meaning, this would render the book in its entirety basically 'incomplete'.
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Post by craigdav1 » February 12th, 2018, 8:51 am

Readers will sometimes omit lists, appendices and other sections that are not part of the main text. In the book description you could mention that such items are available in the e-text (which the listener can download using the provided link).

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Post by Roger » February 12th, 2018, 10:35 am

I think that is what I will do. This would cut down the number of sections to 143. I will add to the book description soon, and I will update this post when that has been completed.
Thanks again!

EDIT: OK, I've managed to pare it down to 140 sections. Stay tuned .....
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Post by Roger » February 13th, 2018, 12:45 pm

Section 1 has been uploaded and posted.
Thanks! :D
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Post by craigdav1 » February 13th, 2018, 12:57 pm

1 PL OK!

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Post by Roger » February 13th, 2018, 4:13 pm

The summary has been updated.
At this point, I think I will stick with 140 sections total.
Thanks.
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Post by craigdav1 » February 13th, 2018, 4:37 pm

As you can see I've deleted the extra sections. You or I can add sections if they are later needed. I would probably record the sections in the order they are in the book just in case you decide to split a long section into two sections. I will update the book summary that will be used when the book is cataloged. Only the MW information migrates during cataloging. Should you decide to make further changes just let me know. One down and just a few to go!

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Post by craigdav1 » February 13th, 2018, 4:45 pm

Moving this book to the "Going Solo" forum to keep the "Launch Pad" forum tidy.

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