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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 […]

More About John A. Sipe, Tailor of Herndon

| January 2, 2014

Two news clippings have located telling of John A. Sipe, who was previously featured here on this blog in a post entitled, John A. Sipe – Tailor of Herndon. The first clipping (shown above), dated 1925, is from an unknown local newspaper: HERNDON LEFT WITH BUT THREE VETERANS With the passing of our former News […]

The Battle of the Millersburg Ferry

| December 16, 2013

In 1992, in recognition of the 175th Anniversary of the Millersburg Ferry, Civil War re-enactors assembled at Millersburg‘s Riverfront Park to conduct a mock battle between two ferry boats – the Roaring Bull and Falcon.  During the Civil War, no actual battle took place in the Susquehanna River area surrounding Millersburg, but if one had […]

Capt. Jacob F. Hoffman – Merchant

| November 26, 2013

Capt. Jacob F. Hoffman was the brother of Medal of Honor recipient Thomas W. Hoffman.  He was born in Lykens Township, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania on 25 December 1841, and was one of six Hoffman brothers who served in the Civil War.  For a time, he was a merchant in Pillow and Berrysburg in Dauphin County.  […]

Henry B. Longsdorf – Teacher, Railroad Track Foreman, and Newspaper Contributor

| August 7, 2013

H. B. LONGSDORF DIED FRIDAY WAS ONE OF HERNDON’S MOST AGED AND RESPECTED CITIZENS WAS LAID TO REST TUESDAY Herndon lost one of its most highly respected christian [sic] men in the death at 8:15 o’clock Friday morning of Henry B. Longsdorf.  Death was caused by illness incident to old age.  He had been ailing […]