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Some Basic Facts about the Civil War and Williamstown

| August 25, 2014

How many men from Williamstown and Williams Township were Civil War veterans? One of the difficulties in answering this question can be illustrated by three historical maps of Williamstown and Williams Township, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania. The 1858 Map The 1858 map of Wiconisco Township shows the area presently known as Williamstown and Williams Township as […]

The Great Shohola Train Wreck – The 150th Anniversary Remembrance

| July 4, 2014

The 15 July 2014, is the 150th Anniversary of the Great Shohola Train Wreck.  A series of posts presented here on this blog over the past several months described some of the known facts and controversies regarding that disaster and also gave some personal information about some of the persons who were involved.  Much new […]

Events of the World: June 1864

| June 30, 2014

June, 1864. In the UK, overarm bowling was made legal in cricket. Overarm bowling refers to a delivery in which the bowler’s hand is above shoulder height. When cricket originated all bowlers delivered the ball underarm where the bowler’s hand is below waist height. June 2. The Australian schooner Waratah, built in 1849, was carrying a load of coal […]

The Great Shohola Train Wreck – Valentine Hipsman, Witness to the Exhumation of Bodies in 1911

| June 27, 2014

In 1911, the United States Government approved the removal of the bodies of the victims of the Great Shohola Train Wreck, Pike County, Pennsylvania, from the site of the wreck to the Woodlawn National Cemetery in Elmira, New York.  Official documents related to the re-interment were presented here in the blog post entitled, Moving the […]

The Great Shohola Train Wreck – The Other Union Guards Who Were Killed

| June 10, 2014

After the bodies of the Union guard who died at Shohola were re-interred at Elmira, New York, at the Woodlawn National Cemetery, a monument was erected with a plaque that named the 17 men who are buried there in a common grave.  Previously on this blog, research was presented on two of those men, Adam […]