When the Civil War broke out in 1861, the bravery and courage of the volunteer soldiers of Schuylkill County immediately became the stuff of legends. The famed "First Defenders," a group that included a sizable number of men from Pottsville and surrounding communities, were among the first to arrive in Washington to protect the United … Continue reading “Our Pottsville Volunteers” – A song about Schuylkill County’s brave Civil War soldiers
"ABOLISH SLAVERY" - A remarkable letter from an Irish-American soldier in the Civil War and his evolving anti-slavery beliefs.
On August 8, 1863, Brigadier General William Whipple was nearly gunned down on the outskirts of Pottsville, Pennsylvania.
In 1905, outraged Union veterans in Port Carbon, Pennsylvania came together to take down a confederate battle flag.
Schuylkill County Civil War veterans took a stand against the construction of a Robert E. Lee monument at Gettysburg in 1903.
A New York Times reporter's observations about the Schuylkill County mining village of Heckscherville in 1863.
In the spring of 1863, a journalist documented the chaotic and changing situation in the Coal Region as the Civil War raged on.
Claude Merchant's April 1865 poem summed up the feelings in Pottsville, Pennsylvania after the Confederate capital fell to US forces.
Some white residents of Schuylkill County believed former slaves were going replace them in the coal mines during the Civil War.
Budd served during the Civil War and later became a prominent citizen in Dauphin County's largest mining community.