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In the Potomac Estuary, scores of soldiers drown after a midnight collision between steamships

Shipwreck and Disaster at Sea, iconic image
04/25/1865
Bound for Annapolis, the steamship Massachusetts had aboard hundreds of soldiers, many recently released from Confederate prison camps. Around midnight, she struck the packet-boat Black Diamond at the mouth of the Potomac.  The Black Diamond sank almost immediately and although the larger ship remained afloat, panic set in and many took to the waters of the estuary. An estimated sixty-five men drowned.  (By John Osborne) 
Source Citation: 
"Dreadful Accident: Collision Between Steamboats on the Potomac," New York Times, April 27, 1865 

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