“With great sorrow I address you” – A heartbreaking letter to the father of a fallen Civil War soldier

Private Anthony Wade died in an accidental shooting near Cold Harbor, Virginia in June 1864.


The dramatic aftermath of the Lincoln assassination in Schuylkill County

In Pennsylvania's anthracite coal field, reactions to the dramatic events of April 1865 were shockingly mixed.

“The war feeling” – Amid chaos of September 1862, Schuylkill County prepared itself for war

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

“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.