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The American Civil War

Hawley, Pennsylvania

1864, July 15

Shohola, Pennsylvania, near Hawley

3.p.m. Troop train carrying 833 Confederate POWs over the Erie Railroad to Elmira, NY collides head on with a coal train 1 mile west of the town. About 51 prisoners and 17 guards dead, 100 injured, plus 4 train crew dead. Worst train disaster of the Civil War. The coal train came from Hawley to enter the main line where the collision occurred. There were claims that the dispatcher responsible for the collision spent the night before drinking and dancing in Hawley and came to work drunk. This fact about the dispatcher is not completely confirmed.


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This page was created 16 July 2004 & was updated on 29 June 2012 at 5:52 pm

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