Footsteps of History
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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