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Shohola in Pike County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Civil War Prison Train Wreck

 
 
Civil War Prison Train Wreck Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, October 25, 2009
1. Civil War Prison Train Wreck Marker
Inscription. On July 15, 1864, and Erie Railroad train carrying 833 Confederate prisoners and 128 Union guards to the prison camp at Elmira, N.Y., collided with a coal train between Shohola and Lackawaxen. About 48 prisoners and 17 guards were killed. Survivors, both injured and uninjured, were brought to Shohola where they were generously cared for by residents of the village.
 
Erected 1993 by Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.
 
Location. 41° 28.323′ N, 74° 55.043′ W. Marker is in Shohola, Pennsylvania, in Pike County. Marker is on Pennsylvania Route 434, on the left when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Shohola PA 18458, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Brantís Camp (approx. half a mile away in New York); Battle of Minisink (approx. 2.1 miles away in New York); Minisink Battle July 22d 1779 (approx. 2.4 miles away in New York); a different marker also named Battle of Minisink (approx. 2.6 miles away in New York); Indian Rock (approx. 2.9 miles away in New York); Minisink Battleground Park
Civil War Prison Train Wreck Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, October 25, 2009
2. Civil War Prison Train Wreck Marker
(approx. 2.9 miles away in New York); The Battle at Minisink (approx. 2.9 miles away in New York); Hospital Rock (approx. 3 miles away in New York).
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. The Shohola Train Accident.
 
Also see . . .
1. The Great Shohola Train Wreck. (Submitted on June 22, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
2. Civil War Prison Train Wreck - Behind the Marker. ExplorePAHistory.com (Submitted on July 20, 2011, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.) 

3. The Great Shohola Train Wreck. Civil War Album - many photos of the Shohola Train Wreck site. (Submitted on March 6, 2016, by Scott J. Payne of Deposit, New York.) 
 
Categories. Railroads & StreetcarsWar, US Civil
 
Civil War Prison Train Wreck Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, October 25, 2009
3. Civil War Prison Train Wreck Marker
Shohola Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, October 25, 2009
4. Shohola Marker
The Shohola caboose museum is seen in the photo to the left of the marker.
Civil War Prison Train Wreck Marker image. Click for full size.
By Scott J. Payne, July 13, 2014
5. Civil War Prison Train Wreck Marker
Approximate location of the Great Shohola Train Wreck.
Civil War Prison Train Wreck Marker image. Click for full size.
By Scott J. Payne, July 13, 2014
6. Civil War Prison Train Wreck Marker
Another view showing how curved the tracks were at this point. This is the approximate location where the two train collided.
Civil War Prison Train Wreck Marker image. Click for full size.
By Scott J. Payne, July 13, 2014
7. Civil War Prison Train Wreck Marker
The "Rebel Chaplain" Scott J. Payne telling a group of tourists about the prisoners from Virginia who perished during the wreck.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 2,438 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   5, 6, 7. submitted on , by Scott J. Payne of Deposit, New York. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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