A Civil War officer’s grisly amputation at Spotsylvania Court House on May 10, 1864

Captain Edwin L. Severn lost his right arm at the Battle of Spotsylvania Court House on May 10, 1864.


“Incidents of a by-gone age” – A description of life in the Coal Region before the Civil War

Catherine Romberger Myers was born in Porter Township in 1840. She spoke to a reporter in 1931 about growing up in pre-industrial Williams Valley.

“This community sustains a great loss” – A fatal mine disaster in Wiconisco Township during the Civil War

On February 7, 1862, a roof collapsed inside the Short Mountain Colliery killing a respected miner and wounding several others.

Miners’ revolt in Schuylkill County during the Civil War caused headaches for Abraham Lincoln

Shortly after the Battle of Antietam in 1862, the Lincoln administration faced a crisis on the home front in Pennsylvania.