WILLIAM CRUDDAS, Company "L"
William Cruddas, born about 1830 in New Castle, England, died in the explosion of the steamboat, Sultana, April 27, 1865. The Sultana, built to accomodate only 376 passengers, was carrying more than 2,000 recently released Union prisoners of war. When the massive boilers exploded, the ship burned and sank, leaving more than 1700 dead.
ON THE WAY HOME... West Virginia Soldiers on the Sultana, by Linda Cunningham Fluharty.