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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 […]

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 Poffenberger Cousins of Dauphin County

| August 27, 2013

Three members of the Poffenberger family of Dauphin County have been located in the Civil War military records.  They are Joseph H. Poffenberger (1835-1867), William L. Poffenberger (1847-1920), and William H. Poffenberger (1839-1893).  These three men were first cousins, since their fathers were brothers and they had a common grandfather, William Poffenberger (1783-1842).  Previously, a […]

Troop Train Wreck on Northern Central Railroad

| July 9, 2013

  -Evening Telegraph, July 11, 1863 Serious Accident.—From the Sunbury American we learn that an accident occurred on the Northern Central Railroad on Monday afternoon, near Port Trevorton. A cow sprang on the track suddenly, from behind a wood pile. The result was, the locomotive was run off the track, the mail and baggage car […]

Michael Haverstick – Died at Chattanooga in 1864 – The Care of War Orphans

| January 26, 2013

The name of Michael Haverstick appears on the Millersburg Soldier Monument.  Haverstick served in the 16th U.S. Infantry Regiment of the Regular Army, Company H, as a Private.  He was mustered into service on 25 February 1864, at York County, Pennsylvania.  At the time of his enrollment, he was 43 years old, was a miller […]