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Jacob Shiro – Some News Stories

| July 9, 2014

Today’s blog post will feature some interesting news stories about Jacob Shiro. Jacob Shiro was born in Wittenberg, Germany, on 19 February 1843, the son of Jacob Shiro and Susan [Bellon] Shiro. He arrived in the United States around 185 at the age of eight.  During the Civil War, he served in Company G, 103rd […]

The Great Shohola Train Wreck – Lyman Weatherby, Union Guard Killed

| June 6, 2014

One of the great ironies of the Great Shohola Train Wreck is that one of the Union guards who was killed, Lyman Wetherby, was from the same region of Pennsylvania where the coal train originated – the coal train that collided with the prisoner train resulting in Lyman’s death. The northern part of the anthracite […]

The Great Shohola Train Wreck – Adam Wilkinson, Union Guard Killed

| June 5, 2014

Adam Wilkinson (1836-1864) was one of the Union soldiers who died near Shohola, Pennsylvania, in the train wreck on 15 July 1864.  Prior to serving in Company F of the Veteran Reserve Corps, he had served in the 121st Pennsylvania Infantry, Company H, as a Private. Of the 128 members of the Union Guard on […]

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 […]

Obituary of Joseph W. Knouff

| May 26, 2014

The following obituary of Joseph W. Knouff appeared in the Harrisburg Patriot on 15 April 1902. ENDERS Special to the Patriot Enders, 14 April 1902 — Joseph W. Knouff, who has been critically ill for the last four weeks, died on Thursday night and was buried in Fair Cemetery on Sunday.  Revs. J. E. Francis […]