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On the Mississippi, fire destroys steamboat, killing one passenger and hundreds of Army horses

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05/06/1863
The steamboat Majestic took fire while it was loading wood near Hickman, Kentucky in the late evening hours. She was completely destroyed along with her cargo of 1,400 tons of military stores and 150 Army horses, of which only two were saved. One cabin passenger was also killed.  Nearby boats came to assist Majestic, on only its third trip since its launching, and took off all other passengers safely.  (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
"Serious Disaster on the Mississippi," Chicago Tribune, May 8, 1863, p.1. 

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