It was humbling to actually be where so many Sultana soldiers were held prior to their final trip “home” on the boat.
More details to follow!
gr gr granddaughter of Adam Schneider, 183rd Ohio Infantry: died on the Sultana
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Make sure to read Gene Salecker’s post about the Kenosha, Wisconsin Civil War Museum Sultana Display in the Articles section.
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Here is the latest information about the April 27th Saturday evening banquet in Americus as well a couple other costs for the Friday evening talks and the lunch during the Saturday tour:
1) Friday Evening Talks
There will be about four speakers Friday evening. Still working on the lineup, but I hope one of them will be a local Americus resident who can explain the important relation of Americus to Andersonville Prison plus the CW history of the town. Kevin Frye will give us an overview of Saturday’s tour and some background about how the prison was established.
I’ve found a great space to meet at Georgia Southwestern University there in Americus. The two rooms reserved require a rental fee which I think can be covered with each of us paying $5.00. The room includes an overhead projector that I plan to use to show Kevin’s slide show of the tour.
2) Saturday’s Lunch
A couple of weeks ago I emailed everyone the details of our Saturday tour which includes Andersonville Prison in the morning with the afternoon devoted to visiting the cemetery, the Wirtz monument, and the National POW museum. Lunch will be in the picnic area on the grounds of Andersonville Historic Site (there’s an alternate location in case of rain). The food will be brought to us and served by Patsy Tanner who owns a restaurant in the nearby town of Andersonville called “Hot Dogs, Cool Cones”! The cost is $6.50 per person (includes tax). The food will be arranged on a table served by Patsy and her staff. Here’s the menu:
–1/2 Club Sandwich on wheat bread (with turkey, ham, bacon, lettuce, tomato, and cheese)–choice of plain or ruffle chips –choice of potato salad or slaw –choice of apple or banana–choice of drinks: iced tea, bottled water, or Coke products.
3) Saturday’s evening meal
We will be dining at the Sheppard House, a local restaurant known for good home cooking!
This restaurant has space for about 100 people and is normally closed Saturday evenings, but the owner has agreed to open up for us so that we will have the entire place to ourselves! He will provide us a self-service, buffet meal for one price of $13.00 each (includes tax). Here’s the menu:
– Choice of Meats–roast beef or turkey, small side salad, vegetables: scalloped potatoes, green beans, and broccoli casserole, and bread. Drinks–Iced tea (sweetened or unsweetened), coffee, and soft drinks. Dessert–either pecan pie or peach cobbler.
TO SUMMERIZE, the total cost of these three activities will be:
1) Friday evening room rental–$5.00
2) Lunch during Saturday tour–$6.50
3) Saturday evening meal– $13.00.
Please mail your check, made out to me at:
1120 Winding Way Drive
Knoxville, TN, 37923
Looking forward to seeing a lot of folks in Americus, GA,
- Norman Shaw
I’m a little late but here’s the current information you need to make reservations for the 2012 Sultana Reunion in Cincinnati this coming April 27th (Friday) and April 28th (Saturday):
We have four speakers planning to speak Friday night at our reunion:
–Mark Willoughby has done extensive research on the Litherbury shipyard that built the Sultana. On Saturday, he will direct us to the its current location in Cincinnati.
–Louis Intres from Ark. State Univ. is responsible for a wonderful Sultana display that will start March 6th for a couple of weeks in Marion, AR, the town closest to the shoreline where the Sultana came to its final resting place. A few years ago Louis also started a Sultana archives at ASU and is now working with the town of Marion to establish a permanent Sultana museum.
–We plan to show Mike Marshall’s professionally made Sultana documentary about 30 minutes long. He has been working on this project for several years with hopes of eventually making it into a hour length film.
–Gene Salecker, author of the book I told you about, and Jerry Potter, the other author, always have some interesting things to say.
The Union soldiers who were on the Sultana were mainly ex prisoners of war from two Confederate prisons: Andersonville in Georgia and Cahaba in Alabama. Cahaba was originally to be a “holding camp” for men who were to go on to Andersonville, but as that prison became horribly overcrowded, Cahaba was the final destination for many. Go to www.historynet.com/surviving-a-confederate-pow-camp.htm for a very good article on Cahaba Prison.
This Monday is Memorial Day
It comes ’round ev’ry year.
It was the thirtieth day of May
Now it’s the Monday near.
No matter which day we observe
Just so we remember
To give the praise that they deserve
And don’t forget September.
Some heroes were at Normandy
And some at San Juan Hill.
They gave their lives for you and me.
So honor them we will.
At Gettysburg and at Shiloh
And camped at Valley Forge -
Those warriors would receive, I know
Hurrahs from General George.
They served on land and in the air
And on the rolling sea
In World War One went “over there”
To keep free nations free.
Korea, Nam and now Iraq -
They fought in those lands too.
To all those who did not come back
A big salute to you.
So on this day we won’t forget
To laud them one and all.
We are forever in the debt
Of those who heard the call.
- By Gene Shields, great great grandson of Joseph Henry Collins, 3rd Tennessee Cavalry (died on the Sultana). Gene passed away a few years ago, but for many years he and Anne came to our annual Sultana reunions – all the way from Texas. He is greatly missed by us all. He once gave me a copy a small book of poems he wrote called “Patriotic Scribblings.” I have printed many of them in past newsletters, and I intend to keep posting them here. -Ed.
Prints of a new painting of the Sultana are available for sale for $100. The painting measures 18″ by 24″ and is the most accurate portrayal to date of the disaster. Gene Salecker commissioned the original painting. The printer needs a minimum order of twelve to proceed.
Please contact Gene Salecker if you are interested.