The steamship Sultana explosion remains the worst maritime disaster for the loss of life in US history. Most casualties were paroled prisoners of the war recently released from the notorious Confederate prisons in Andersonville, Georgia, and Cahaba, Alabama. After surviving the horrors of the Civil War and the atrocities of Southern prisoner camps, our American heroes were “Almost Home” when disaster struck the Steamship Sultana killing over 1200 Union soldiers.
Based on true events, we follow the journeys of Commander of Camp Sumter Prison – Henry Wirz, Sultana steamship Captain – Cass Mason, and two young Ohio soldiers – Richard White and Thad Lewis through the war and explore their struggles, accomplishments, and growth as human beings. Each man is “Almost Home” when the tumultuous events of the war forever alter their lives.
I did my best to remain historically accurate, but to weave Athens’ double-barreled cannon into the book, I tell the story that the cannon was fired at Stoneman’s Raiders at the battle of Barber Creek. In reality, the cannon was only fired to alert the citizens and the home guard, it was not in the battle.
My book has something for everyone. War, spirituality, romance, coming of age, survival, and much more.