The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Sheldon Thompson (Steamboat), 23 Apr 1858


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The first steamboat that floated on Lake Michigan was the SHELDON THOMPSON, which carried up a detachment of troops under the command of Gen. Scott, for the Black Hawk war. Aftet leaving Fort Gratiot, the cholera broke out on board, and, from Mackinaw to Chicago, 51 died on board, and were thrown overboard, some of them while she lay in the offing at Chicago. Gen. Scott, who accompanied the troops, was in a horrible state of fright and anxiety, so much so, as to be almost beside himself. The old captain attempted to explain the phenomenon by a dissertation on courage, of which he concluded there were two kinds, physical and moral. In his estimation Gen. Scott was rather deficient in the latter.
      Detroit Free Press
      April 23, 1858

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first stmr. on L.Mich.
Date of Original:
1858
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McN.E.4166
Language of Item:
English
Donor:
William R. McNeil
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Sheldon Thompson (Steamboat), 23 Apr 1858