A Civil War soldier learns of his brother’s death from typhoid fever – 1863

George Keiser died of typhoid fever in 1863. He was 17 and had just returned from service in the Pennsylvania militia during the Civil War.

Letters from War – Two letters written on the eve of the first anniversary of D-Day – June 1945

A year after Irvin Schwartz first experienced combat on D-Day, he reflected on the first anniversary of the important date.

The Gazette: Episode 5 – Farewell Letter

We explore the story of Pittston's volunteer aid association, refugees from southern states, and an epic rant written by a Wyoming Valley minister.

Letters from War – Irvin Schwartz’s response to the death of President Franklin D. Roosevelt – 1945

Sergeant Irvin Schwartz shares how he learned the shocking news of President Roosevelt's death in April 1945.

The Gazette: Episode 4 – Camp Slifer

In this short episode of "The Gazette," we follow the Luzerne County soldiers in the 8th Pennsylvania Infantry to their camp near Chambersburg.

Letters from War – A chippy letter in response to a fellow Pine Grove soldier serving in Italy – 1945

Sergeant Schwartz took offense to a comment from a soldier in Italy about the difference in fighting conditions between the Italian front and inside Nazi Germany.

Letters from War – “I believe the end is coming soon,” March 1945

In a March 1945 letter, Sgt. Irvin Schwartz shared insights about Nazi Germany's desperate "total war" efforts to turn back Allied attacks.

Letters from War – A letter from an army hospital describing wounds received in Germany – 1945

German artillery shells struck down Sergeant Irvin Schwartz on February 27, 1945. He wrote home to his parents to comfort them that he wasn't severely wounded.

Letters from War – Responding to letters from home and commenting on Pine Grove high school basketball – February 1945

Irvin Schwartz comments on the mail he's received from home in Pennsylvania and how letters that have nothing to do with the war were his favorites.

Letters from War – Receiving mail from friends and fellow servicemembers on the front line in Belgium (delayed) – 1945

A letter from the front lines in Belgium as the Battle of the Bulge raged in January 1945.