Parades, speeches, and way too much alcohol characterize how Schuylkill County marked the one year anniversary of the Civil War's end.
An 1865 baseball battle between Wilkes-Barre and Scranton
In October 1865, multiple baseball clubs met in the Wyoming Valley to battle for victory on a makeshift diamond.
Four Christmases – Holiday excerpts from Henry Keiser’s Civil War diary
Four diary entries from the Civil War document the evolution of holiday experiences of a soldier from Pennsylvania's Coal Region.
“Richmond has fallen! Richmond is ours!” – A victory poem from April 1865
Claude Merchant's April 1865 poem summed up the feelings in Pottsville, Pennsylvania after the Confederate capital fell to US forces.
When Schuylkill County’s veterans came marching home – June 1865
In 1865, Union soldiers began their triumphant return to Schuylkill County. Their future, however, was uncertain.
Violent assault on miners in Schuylkill County in 1865 linked to Lincoln assassination
Three miners in Lorberry were assaulted in a bar after expressing sorrow at Lincoln's assassination.
An early historian’s description of Lykens and Wiconisco at conclusion of Civil War
Richard Nolen helped build the mining communities of northern Dauphin County. In 1865, he described how much they had changed.
Anthracite coal and the Civil War fueled the birth of Williamstown in the 1860s
A report from the Summit Branch Railroad Company in 1865 details the growth of a new community at the northern tip of Dauphin County.