These remarkable sketches show life in the Coal Region during the middle part of the 19th century, a crucial time in the area's history.
On August 8, 1863, Brigadier General William Whipple was nearly gunned down on the outskirts of Pottsville, Pennsylvania.
A memoir from the 1930s describes the hard life of a breaker boy in Civil War-era Schuylkill County.
In October 1862, Irish miners in Pennsylvania staged an armed revolt against the government. Their actions foreshadowed even bloodier events.