As the men of the 96th Pennsylvania gathered for training in Pottsville in September 1861, a hurricane battered their makeshift encampment.
Sergeant Henry Keiser's diary reveals a soldier's perspective of the Civil War's dramatic final moments.
Keiser was fighting a potentially deadly illness and evading capture by advancing Confederate soldiers.
A recently revealed photograph sheds light on the Civil War experience of a Pennsylvania soldier.
In their newly constructed winter quarters in Arlington, Virginia, the 96th Pennsylvania celebrates its first Christmas at war in 1861.
Henry Keiser kept a diary through his service in the Civil War. Meet the man behind the diary that has appeared in dozens of books about America's bloodiest conflict.