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News of the World: May 1864

| May 31, 2014

May 2. Treaty of London, 1864.  The United Kingdom gave up  the United States of the Ionian Islands to Greece. The United Kingdom had held an amical protectorate over the islands since the 1815 Treaty of Paris. This is the first example of the British voluntarily giving up a colonial possession, a trait which would later become more common.  May 20. Australian bushranger Ben Hall and his […]

The Great Shohola Train Wreck – Was the Coal Train in a Hurry?

| May 30, 2014

On the same day that the New York Times reported on the Great Shohola Train Wreck, there appeared in that newspaper on the same page and just under the train wreck report, an article telling of the government seizure of the Reading Railroad and all its branches and of the almost total stoppage of the […]

Joseph Russell – 9th Pennsylvania Cavalry

| May 29, 2014

Previously, on this blog, it was written: Joseph Russell, [probably] the son of David Russell and Catharine Russell, of Washington Township, Dauphin County, was a laborer who served in the 9th Pennsylvania Cavalry, Company B, as a Private.  He was captured and held as a prisoner of war at Andersonville, Georgia [Note: Andersonville has not […]

Why Are There Ku Klux Klan Uniforms in Gratz?

| May 28, 2014

Displayed on the second floor of the Gratz Historical Society Museum is an offensive exhibit that has been the object of many complaints from visitors and volunteers over the years of its existence.  Three Gratz area Ku Klux Klan uniforms are displayed at the side of a doorway.  Displaying Ku Klux Klan “regalia” is not […]

The Great Shohola Train Wreck – Sgt. Barry Benson Escapes Elmira via Millersburg

| May 27, 2014

Confederate Sergeant. Barry Benson, who tunneled out of Elmira Prison. Benson, of Company H., 1st South Carolina Infantry was a prisoner of Elmira from 25 July 1864 to 7 October 1864.  He had arrived at Elmira Prison via the Erie Railroad from Jersey City, ten days after the train wreck at Shohola, and was in […]