Sharpsburg veteran Private Sanford A Walker of the 5th Alabama Infantry was returning from a furlough home in October 1864 aboard the steamboat Senator #2, on the Alabama River, when her boiler exploded. He drowned attempting to swim away from the burning vessel.

The first clipping is from the Richmond Sentinel of 26 October 1864, which is online from the Library of Virginia. The second is from an unknown newspaper of 3 November 1864 shared to Sanford’s Find-a-grave memorial by Mo Baxter and Dave Gates.

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