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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.
Photographed By Bill Coughlin, October 25, 2009
1. Civil War Prison Train Wreck Marker
Inscription.  On July 15, 1864, an 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.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Railroads & StreetcarsWar, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission series list. A significant historical month for this entry is July 1832.
 
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. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Shohola PA 18458, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Timber Rafting (approx. half a mile away in New York); Brant’s Camp
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(approx. half a mile away in New York); Colonel Hathorn and His Men (approx. half a mile away in New York); Battle of Minisink (approx. 2.1 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 (approx. 2.9 miles away in New York); The Battle at Minisink (approx. 2.9 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.) 
 
Civil War Prison Train Wreck Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Coughlin, October 25, 2009
2. Civil War Prison Train Wreck Marker
Civil War Prison Train Wreck Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Coughlin, October 25, 2009
3. Civil War Prison Train Wreck Marker
Shohola caboose museum image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Coughlin, October 25, 2009
4. Shohola caboose museum
The Shohola caboose museum is seen in the photo to the left of the marker.
Approximate location of the Great Shohola Train Wreck image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Scott J. Payne, July 13, 2014
5. Approximate location of the Great Shohola Train Wreck
Approximate location of the Great Shohola Train Wreck image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Scott J. Payne, July 13, 2014
6. Approximate location of the Great Shohola Train Wreck
Another view showing how curved the tracks were at this point. This is the approximate location where the two train collided.
The "Rebel Chaplain" Scott J. Payne image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Scott J. Payne, July 13, 2014
7. The "Rebel Chaplain" Scott J. Payne
The "Rebel Chaplain" Scott J. Payne telling a group of tourists about the prisoners from Virginia who perished during the wreck.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 2, 2017. It was originally submitted on October 25, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 3,053 times since then and 33 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 25, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.   5, 6, 7. submitted on March 6, 2016, by Scott J. Payne of Deposit, New York.

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