Visual display of the City of Madison (Packet, 1860-1863)

City of Madison (Packet, 1860-1863)

  • August 18, 1863
  • BOAT TYPE: Packet
  • BUILT: Madison, Indiana, 1860
  • FINAL DISPOSITION: Gunpowder cargo exploded August 18, 1863
  • OWNERS: Captain J. Stut Neal
  • OFFICERS & CREW: Captain J. Stut Neal (master), W.W. Collins (clerk/master), W.C. Lepper, Sr.
  • RIVERS: Ohio River; Mississippi River; Tennessee River
  • OTHER INFORMATION: Ways - 1097; The City of Madison ran the Cincinnati-New Orleans. She was on the Tennessee in Grant's campaign and was at Vicksburg during the seige. A cargo of gunpowder exploded aboard at Vicksburg on August 18, 1863. Captain W.W. Collins dove off the roof to safety. Official loss of life recorded as 156 persons, although contemporary accounts give much less, one stating 63 persons. J. Stut Neal went to Washington, D.C. with his case and was awarded $45,000 in March, 1864
  • PHOTO DESCRIPTION: Drawing by artist F.B. Schell of the explosion that rocked the City of Madison on August 18, 1863 at Vicksburg, Mississippi. A cargo of gunpowder exploded. Behind the City of Madison is the Edmund Walsh
  • City of Madison (B)


Other title
  • Edmund Walsh (Sidewheel packet)
Schell, F.B.
  • August 18, 1863
Local identifier
  • Neg. 8882
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