“We gave them hell” – Company G, 96th Pennsylvania in the Battle of South Mountain

Soldiers from a company in the 96th Pennsylvania describe their experiences in the Battle of South Mountain in September 1862.


“The War Feeling” – Pottsville and the Dangerous Days of September 1862

When a Confederate army threatened Pennsylvania in September 1862, the citizens of Pottsville jumped into action. They also felt the harsh hand of war.

“And Where’s Williams Valley?” – An 1877 Travel Guide to the Philadelphia and Reading Railroad

A writer and his friends rode the Reading Railroad in 1877 to write a travel guide. They reached the end of the line in Williams Valley.

“Revolutionary Disloyalty” – A coal miners’ rebellion in Schuylkill County during the Civil War

In October 1862, Irish miners in Pennsylvania staged an armed revolt against the government. Their actions foreshadowed even bloodier events.