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Sally M. Walker

Biography

Sally M. Walker

Sally M. Walker is the author of the Sibert Medal winner SECRETS OF A CIVIL WAR SUBMARINE as well as many other nonfiction books, including BOUNDARIES: How the Mason-Dixon Line Settled a Family Feud and Divided a Nation. Sally M. Walker lives in Illinois.

Sally M. Walker

Books by Sally M. Walker

by Sally M. Walker - Children's 10-12, Children's Nonfiction, History, Nonfiction

In 1865, the Civil War was winding down and thousands of Union soldiers, released from Confederate prisoner-of-war camps, were to be transported home on the steamboat Sultana. With a profit to be made, the captain rushed repairs to the boat. More than 2,000 passengers boarded in Mississippi...on a boat with a capacity of 376. The journey was violently interrupted when the boat’s boilers exploded, plunging the Sultana into mayhem. Although rescue efforts were launched, the survival rate was dismal --- more than 1,500 lives were lost. In a compelling, exhaustively researched account, renowned author Sally M. Walker asks who (or what) was responsible for the Sultana’s disastrous fate?