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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 Charter of the Kilpatrick G.A.R. Post of Millersburg

| March 2, 2014

The original charter of the Kilpatrick Post No. 212, G.A.R., is on display of the Historical Society of Millersburg and Upper Paxton Township at its museum in Millersburg, Pennsylvania (upper right). The above-shown display case contains many original Civil War related-items as well as reproductions including photographs of Civil War veterans.  The photographs at center-left […]

G.A.R. Soldiers’ Circle at Shamokin Cemetery

| February 15, 2014

The Shamokin Cemetery is located at the intersection of South Anthracite Street and West High Street in Shamokin, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania.  Within the cemetery there is a monument to the men who died in the Civil War.  There is no direct path or road to the monument from South Anthracite Street and West High Street, […]

The Oak Hill Cemetery List of Millersburg Civil War Veterans

| February 11, 2014

A newly-discovered list of supposed Civil War veterans who are buried at Oak Hill Cemetery in Millersburg is featured in this post.  This one-page list has 114 names, many of which are not included on the Millersburg Soldier Monument. There is no indication on the list itself as to the compiler. However, the single page […]

Eleven Civil War Dead of Millersburg

| February 9, 2014

“One hundred twenty six men from Millersburg served in the war, some for more than a one-year enlistment.  Of those 126 men, 11 died.”  This statement is found on page 41 of the book, A Celebration of Millersburg’s Bicentennial, edited by Nancy L. Wert and Edwin D. Schlegel, and published in 2007. The number of […]