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.
Lt. Colonel Jacob G. Frick penned letter to denounce reports of a wild, drunken party that included numerous officers of the 96th Pennsylvania.