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In Alabama, a New Orleans bound steamboat is destroyed by fire and at least four people die.

Destruction of the steamboat "Ruth" on the Mississippi, the night of August 3-4, 1863, artist's impression, detail
01/11/1867

The steamboat Sunny South was making its way on the Alabama River from Montgomery, Alabama to its eventual destination of New Orleans, Louisiana when fire broke out aboard, probably in the cookhouse.  At least four people aboard were burned to death or drowned and the vessel burned to the waterline, completely destroying its main cargo of 800 bales of cotton worth $150,000.  (By John Osborne)

Source Citation: 

House of Representatives, Report of the Secretary of the Treasury on the State of Finances for the Year 1868 (Washington, DC; Government Printing Office, 1868), 323.

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