Four diary entries from the Civil War document the evolution of holiday experiences of a soldier from Pennsylvania's Coal Region.
A travel writer made a detailed entry about Tamaqua, Pennsylvania in the summer of 1862.
"ABOLISH SLAVERY" - A remarkable letter from an Irish-American soldier in the Civil War and his evolving anti-slavery beliefs.
Some white residents of Schuylkill County believed former slaves were going replace them in the coal mines during the Civil War.
Editor Benjamin Bannan vehemently supported the end of slavery in the summer of 1862.
The Pittston Gazette published three letters detailing the bloody carnage at Fredericksburg in December 1862.
On February 7, 1862, a roof collapsed inside the Short Mountain Colliery killing a respected miner and wounding several others.
Shortly after the Battle of Antietam in 1862, the Lincoln administration faced a crisis on the home front in Pennsylvania.
In October 1862, Irish miners in Pennsylvania staged an armed revolt against the government. Their actions foreshadowed even bloodier events.
In April 1862, the 96th Pennsylvania embarked aboard steamers and sailed to the front near Yorktown, Virginia. The voyage took two weeks.