Off the coast of South Carolina, a steam packet burns and sinks, killing at least eight people
The packet steamer General Hooker left Charleston for Georgetown, South Carolina on its normal run but was discovered to be on fire just an hour after its departure. All efforts to put the blaze out failed and the vessel eventually burned to the waterline. Several passing ships came to her assistance but at least eight persons were drowned before they could be picked up. (By John Osborne)
"The Loss of the Gen. Hooker: The Account of the Fire and the Loss of Eight Lives," Chicago Tribune, March 29, 1866, p. 2.