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On the Mississippi, a steamboat explosion kills up to ten people, including Ohio infantrymen heading home

Destruction of the steamboat "Ruth" on the Mississippi, the night of August 3-4, 1863, artist's impression, detail
The steamboat Argosy was en route from Cairo, Illinois to Cincinatti, Ohio with cargo and passengers, including around a hundred men of the Seventieth Ohio Volunteer Infantry, on their way home.  She encountered an evening rain-storm near Hatfield's Landing, Kentucky and ran aground with the impact bursting her boilers.  Several men were scalded to death and others drowned when they fled overboard. Ten people in total died.  (By John Osborne)  
Source Citation: 
"Shocking Steamboat Disaster," New York Times, August 25, 1865, p.1.