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The Great Shohola Train Wreck – First Newspaper Reports

| April 24, 2014

Today’s post is the second installment of a series on The Great Shohola Train Wreck.  Some of the early newspaper accounts from Pennsylvania newspapers are presented. 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 […]

Benjamin Snyder – Killed After Attending Daughter’s Wedding

| April 23, 2014

The following story appeared in the Wilkes-Barre Times Leader on 8 March 1915: KILLED IN STORM WHILE RETURNING FROM A WEDDING Civil War Veteran Crushed by Train After Witnessing Marriage of Daughter WAS BLINDED BY SNOW Death Discovered When the Body Drops Off Pilot Several Squares from Scene Shamokin, Pennsylvania, 8 March 1915 — Benjamin […]

The Shamokin Soldiers’ Circle – Photographs 111 – 119

| April 22, 2014

Today’s post on the Shamokin Cemetery’s Soldiers’ Circle features nine graves in the second circle, third quadrant, beginning with photograph 111.  The photographs in this segment are numbered 111 through 119.  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 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 […]