A travel writer vividly described Pottsville and the surrounding region of Schuylkill County in 1852.
PFC. Irvin Schwartz describes his trip aboard a troop train across the South to Fort Meade in Maryland in October 1943.
A travel writer made a detailed entry about Tamaqua, Pennsylvania in the summer of 1862.
James Fuller Queen sketched Shamokin at a key moment in the history of the Northumberland County community.
Private Schwartz writes home to Schuylkill County from training camp in Mississippi in the summer fo 1943.
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James Fuller Queen sketched a scene of the Carbon County mining and shipping hub on the Lehigh River before the Civil War.
Irvin Schwartz and five hundred other young American boys shook and rattled their way across America from New Cumberland, Pennsylvania to Camp Shelby, Mississippi in May 1943. The 18-year-old former reporter for the West Schuylkill Press-Herald documented the journey and his first days in a sprawling US Army training camp. This was the first letter that … Continue reading Letters from War – On the train to Camp Shelby, Mississippi in May 1943
An artist's rendition shows the Pennsylvania state capital as it looked in the late-19th century.
In this prologue to our "Letters from War" series, newspaper columnist Irvin Schwartz pens his farewell in May 1943.