When the Civil War broke out in 1861, the bravery and courage of the volunteer soldiers of Schuylkill County immediately became the stuff of legends. The famed "First Defenders," a group that included a sizable number of men from Pottsville and surrounding communities, were among the first to arrive in Washington to protect the United … Continue reading “Our Pottsville Volunteers” – A song about Schuylkill County’s brave Civil War soldiers
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.
On August 8, 1863, Brigadier General William Whipple was nearly gunned down on the outskirts of Pottsville, Pennsylvania.
In 1905, outraged Union veterans in Port Carbon, Pennsylvania came together to take down a confederate battle flag.
Schuylkill County Civil War veterans took a stand against the construction of a Robert E. Lee monument at Gettysburg in 1903.
A New York Times reporter's observations about the Schuylkill County mining village of Heckscherville in 1863.
In the spring of 1863, a journalist documented the chaotic and changing situation in the Coal Region as the Civil War raged on.
A profile of Scranton in 1861 describes a rapidly industrializing community on the eve of the Civil War.
In two detailed letters, the teachers at the Pottsville Freedmen's School highlighted their educational efforts in Tennessee.