Saturday, May 23, 2009

Chattannoogan Article...

Jane (Peavyhouse) Jolley's husband Harmon, wrote me saying in part...As a sideline, I write local history articles for The, a local news service on the Web. If you go out to, you'll see the Sultana article link.

Family Reunion Remembers Survivors of Civil War Disaster

Steamboat Sultana Exploded April 27, 1865 on the Mississippi
by Harmon Jolley
posted May 18, 2009

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The Sultana, loaded with prisoners to be transferred, was photographed at Vicksburg. Click to enlarge.
It was a cool, damp day on Sunday, May 17, 2009 when members of the Wade family gathered for a reunion. The location was the Tranquility community in northwest McMinn County, Tennessee where some of the Wade ancestors once lived. The day began with special singing and worship at the Tranquility United Methodist Church. That was followed by a meal of barbecue, sharing of old photographs, and reconnecting with family.

That much sounds like many family reunions. What made this a special day, however, was that a page from Civil War history, and two Wade ancestors’ role in it, was being recalled as a part of the reunion. On April 27, 1865, brothers William and Silas Wade became among the minority of survivors of the explosion of the steamboat ship Sultana...

See The for the complete article.

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