Sultana Disaster Historical Marker
Photo: Marker dedicated to the Sultana Disaster in Marion, Arkansas. (Photo via DavGreg / Wikimedia Commons)
This historical marker in Marion, Arkansas commemorates the spot of the nation's worst-ever maritime disaster. Fresh of the end of the Civil War, the S.S. Sultana was carrying Union troops home when it exploded on the river, leaving approximately 1,700 men dead. The incident is also remembered for the fact that many of the victims were shown generosity and assistance by their former enemies in the Confederacy as they coalesced in Memphis and its surroundings.