New Orleans, LA Steamer GEORGIA Disaster, Jan 1854


Further Particulars.
The telegraph some days ago reported the burning of the steamer Georgia at New Orleans, and the loss of a large number of lives. The New Orleans Bulletin, which puts down the loss of property, including the boat and her cargo of cotton, at $120,000, says:
Women and children were thrown from the upper deck on the wharf, like so many sticks of wood, while others, in their fright, leaped into the water and found a watery grave. By this disaster it is supposed that no less than forty persons perished. MR. JACKSON and one child, of Barbour County, Ala., were lost; his wife and eight surviving children are now in the city in destitute circumstances. MR. JACKSON had on his person checks or drafts to a considerable amount, which were lost with him.
MRS. JOLLEY and one child, of Randolph, County, Ga., were lost. MR. JOLLEY also lost $900 in money, which was all he possessed. W. W. DUNN, of Lenoir County, N.C., lost one negro boy, with $250 in money, but was fortunate enough to save his trunk. B. F. LOFTIN, of Lenoir County, N.C., lost two negroes. REV. J. M. CARTER, of Clinton, Ga., lost three negroes, and his wafe was badly but not fatally injured in making her escape from the burning boat. DR. S. M. YOUNG, from Hancock, Georgia, lost a valuable servant boy, all his medical books, surgical instruments, clothing -- everything, in fact, but what he stood in. MRS. DAVIDSON, from Macon County, Ala., lost several negroes. MR. GRAHAM, from Williamsburg, S. C., lost two negroes and $500 in gold. THOMAS J. McLANATHAN, of Bristol, Ct., is among the missing. J. B. HUBBARD, of Bristol, Ct., was saved, but lost all his baggage, etc. A gentleman from Stewart County, Ga., whose name we could not ascertain, lost several negroes. He was en route for Arkansas.
The True Delta says:
One woman, who fell or jumped from the cabin floor to the main deck, was caught on the points of the horns of an infuriated ox, and was torn most dreadfully. But the ox throwed her into the water, and she was saved. Of the negroes on board of the boat twenty at least, were lost -- some planters losing all they had, and some losing but a few. Scarcely a single family was saved entirely. A father, who had rescued his wife and six children, went back for the seventh, and was lost. A young man returned to the boat to look for a female friend, but the flames "yawned around him like a hell," and he was numbered with
"the unreturning brave."
A father saved three of his children, but his wife and six others left their ashes in the funeral pyre of the Georgia. A young husband lost his wife, and he sat apart on the wharf as if indifferent to whatever else might befall him. A child three months old was taken to the hotel, but it had no relative to claim it, and none know whose child it was. A young man who lost his father and mother, appeared to be more concerned about $1000 which his father had left in the safe of the boat than about the loss of his parents.
W. B. RHENN, of New Bern, N.C., with his wife and five children, were saved, but he lost nine of his negroes.

Adams Sentinel Gettysburg Pennsylvania 1854-02-13