Black Warrior also carried passengers, as indicated by the breakfast menu below dated February 2, 1859, two years before seven slave states with cotton-based economies formed the Confederacy. Set menus such as this one were printed in advance, following the practice of transatlantic ships. Without the inscribed date and other emanations, this menu would provide only a general idea about what was served that day.
Eighteen days after this menu appeared, the Black Warrior ran aground on Rockaway Bar, while trying to enter New York harbor in a heavy fog. Although the passengers and cargo were safely brought ashore by other ships, the wooden side-wheeler settled deeper into the sand and was soon pounded to pieces by a gale.