James S. Wise [1830–1890]

Cincinnati, Ohio

February 3, 1865

Mr. William Wise
Cheviot, O.

Dear Father:

The news may not have reached you, but the Str. Eclipse is no more. On the 27th she was preparing to get underway at Johnsonville when one of her boilers exploded. One hundred sixty were on board including the 9th Indiana Battery. It was a terrible tragedy. At least twenty-five were killed and over seventy wounded. Of the crew, the clerk, Mr. Cummings, lost his life. He was a worthy young man.

Map of the Tennessee River showing Johnsonville, TennesseeMap of the Tennessee River showing Johnsonville, Tennessee
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