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When Schuylkill County soldiers raced to defend the Capitol in April 1861… and unfortunate modern parallels

In April 1861, soldiers from Pennsylvania's Coal Region raced to defend the US Capitol. 160 years later, some of those scenes repeated themselves.

Letters from War – The first letter from inside Hitler’s crumbling “Third Reich,” October 1944

In his first letter from inside Germany, Pfc. Irvin Schwartz describes interactions with residents of newly occupied Nazi territory.

“Sever all connection” – A group of Civil War veterans boycotted a Coal Region newspaper in 1883

Civil War veterans in Tower City, PA were infuriated by an insulting story about them in a local newspaper. So they took action.

Letters from War – Checking in with the staff of the Press-Herald from Belgium, September 1944

The young soldier from Pine Grove, PA checked in with his former boss at the West Schuylkill Press-Herald in early fall 1944.

Grudge Match: Lykens and Williamstown football teams dueled for championship in remarkable 1904 game

The game ended in a scoreless tie. But that doesn't mean the circumstances surrounding this game aren't fascinating.

A Pottsville minister’s letter to President-elect Abraham Lincoln – January 1861

Samuel F. Colt served as the minister at Pottsville's Second Presbyterian Church when he wrote his letter on behalf of Senator Simon Cameron.

Letters from War – Dining with a French family before returning to the front lines, September 1944

A fascinating letter from Pfc. Irvin Schwartz about dining with a French family after liberation of their town.

Four Christmases – Holiday excerpts from Henry Keiser’s Civil War diary

Four diary entries from the Civil War document the evolution of holiday experiences of a soldier from Pennsylvania's Coal Region.

Letters from War – A letter to the Schwartz family at home in Schuylkill County, August 1944

Irvin Schwartz's letter to his family in Schuylkill County was printed in the West Schuylkill Press-Herald in the summer of 1944.