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Civil War Blog

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The Great Shohola Train Wreck – Introduction to a Series of Posts

| April 19, 2014

On 15 July 1864, at about 2 P.M., a train carrying 833 Confederate prisoners of war and a contingent of Union guards, collided head-on with a 50-car coal train on a single-track main line of the New York and Erie Railroad.  The collision occurred about one-and-a-half miles west of the small village of Shohola, Pike […]

The End of the Civil War Draft

| April 17, 2014

Civil War Draft Registration Records, 1863-1865, were previously featured here on the blog on 2 May 2011. After the surrender of Gen. Robert E. Lee at Appomattox on 9 April 1865, it became increasing obvious that the draft was no longer needed to supply men for the army. The following commentary appeared in the Philadelphia […]

The Shamokin Soldiers’ Circle – Photographs 102 – 110

| April 15, 2014

Today’s post on the Shamokin Cemetery’s Soldiers’ Circle features nine graves in the second circle, second quadrant, beginning with photograph 102.  The photographs in this segment are numbered 102 through 110.  All of the stones in this section are sequenced in the order of the death of the veteran.  For each of the veterans, the […]

The Shamokin Soldiers’ Circle – Photographs 93 – 101

| April 12, 2014

Today’s post on the Shamokin Cemetery’s Soldiers’ Circle features nine graves in the second circle, second quadrant, beginning with photograph 93.  The photographs in this segment are numbered 93 through 101.  All of the stones in this section are sequenced in the order of the death of the veteran.  For each of the veterans, the […]

Robert M. Palmer – Lincoln’s Minister to Argentina

| April 10, 2014

A biographical sketch of Robert M. Palmer appeared in the Biographical and Portrait Cyclopedia of Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, published in 1893, and was authored by Samuel T.  Wiley.  It is presented below in slightly modified form.  It tells the story of the minister President Abraham Lincoln appointed to Argentina. The Hon. Robert M. Palmer was […]