The Sultana - Great American Tragedy

Tuesday, October 8, Van Young will will be sharing his thoughts about one of America’s greatest naval tragedies.   He will address the Big Walnut Area Historical Society and guests in the Myers Inn Museum Meeting Room beginning at 7:30.

Near the very end of the civil war, a river steamship called,  Sultana, exploded on the Mississippi River as it was returning north with hundreds of just released Union Army prisoners of war.

Van Young

Why do so few Americans know of this disaster? What caused this explosion? Who was held responsible? Many questions exist, even today.

So to tell us more about this sad piece of American history,  Van Young is returning to the Myers Inn Museum.

Van was born and raised in Ohio and has been a resident of Columbus for the last 36 years.  Since his retirement in 2012 from AT&T, one of his goals was to spend time studying and learning more about the Civil War,

Van is active in two other area civil war organizations and is president of The Worthington Griswold History group that meets on Monday mornings at 10:00am, at the Griswold Center, in Worthington, Ohio. Everyone here is welcome to attend those meetings, which are free of charge.

Myers Inn Museum faces the southwest corner of Sunbury Village Green.  It is open 12-3 Thursday, Fridays and Sundays and 10-3 on Saturdays.  Displays of local history are on display.  Admission is free but donations are very welcome.

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