Mississippi River

A SCENE along the Mississippi River in 1874 in New Orleans – a quarter century after Seargent S. Prentiss’ death. In 1850, Prentiss was so ill that to board a steamer in New Orleans he had to be carried aboard in an armchair. The question was – would he make it to Natchez before dying. (Credit: A.R. Waud, Library of Congress) 

Seargent S. Prentiss, the famous lawyer and orator of the 19th century who hailed from Maine, was dying in 1850. He was only 47, but chronic cholera had taken its toll. 

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