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By Alan Huffman

“One of the main riveting battle tales i've got ever read….Huffman’s gentle, intimate prose ushers you thru this nightmare as though you have been residing it yourself.”
—Sebastian Junger, writer of The ideal Storm

 

The dramatic real tale of the worst maritime catastrophe in U.S. heritage, Alan Huffman’s Sultana brings to breathtaking existence a sad, lengthy forgotten occasion in America’s Civil War—the sinking of the steamship Sultana and the lack of 1,700 lives, generally Union squaddies returning domestic from accomplice criminal camps. A gripping account that reads like a nonfiction Cold Mountain, Sultana is robust, relocating, wealthy in irony and engaging historic detail—a tale no background aficionado or Civil struggle buff may want to miss.

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