Thanksgiving Day in Schuylkill County – 1864

A detailed description of how Schuylkill County celebrated Thanksgiving as the Civil War reached its climax.

Letters from War – The first letter from the battlefields of Normandy, June 1944

Pfc. Schwartz writes from Normandy in the weeks after the D-Day landings about what he'd read in his hometown newspaper in Pennsylvania.

Letters from War – A powerful Memorial Day letter on the eve of D-Day, 1944

In this remarkable letter, Pfc. Irvin Schwartz reflects on the meaning of Memorial Day on the eve of D-Day and his first experience in combat.

Letters from War – Irvin Schwartz welcomed New Year 1944 with the hope that it meant Allied victory

Irvin Schwartz looked forward to 1944 as being the year that he hoped would see the end of World War II.

Letters from War – A powerfully written letter on Christmas Day, 1943

This is part of our “Letters from War” series documenting the World War II letters of Irvin Schwartz of Pine Grove, PA. The letters were all published in the West Schuylkill Press-Herald between 1943 and 1945.  Read the previous letter here Somewhere in England Christmas Day, 1943 5:30 PM Dear. Mr. Reber: Shadows are falling, … Continue reading Letters from War – A powerfully written letter on Christmas Day, 1943

Letters from War – Feeling homesick around the holidays in England, December 1943

This is part of our “Letters from War” series documenting the World War II letters of Irvin Schwartz of Pine Grove, PA. The letters were all published in the West Schuylkill Press-Herald between 1943 and 1945.  Read the previous letter here On a cold, windy night in December 1943, Pfc. Irvin Schwartz crawled his way … Continue reading Letters from War – Feeling homesick around the holidays in England, December 1943

Letters from War – Preparations for a war-time Christmas in England, November 1943

This is part of our “Letters from War” series documenting the World War II letters of Irvin Schwartz of Pine Grove, PA. The letters were all published in the West Schuylkill Press-Herald between 1943 and 1945.  Read the previous letter here Pfc. Irvin Schwartz had Christmas on his mind when he penned the following letter … Continue reading Letters from War – Preparations for a war-time Christmas in England, November 1943

A powerful letter on slavery and the Civil War from a one-time resident of Northeastern Pennsylvania

"ABOLISH SLAVERY" - A remarkable letter from an Irish-American soldier in the Civil War and his evolving anti-slavery beliefs.

Letters from War – On the train to Camp Shelby, Mississippi in May 1943

This is part of our “Letters from War” series documenting the World War II letters of Irvin Schwartz of Pine Grove, PA. The letters were all published in the West Schuylkill Press-Herald between 1943 and 1945.  Read the prologue here Irvin Schwartz and five hundred other young American boys shook and rattled their way across … Continue reading Letters from War – On the train to Camp Shelby, Mississippi in May 1943

Letters from War – Irvin Schwartz’s Farewell Column for the West Schuylkill Press in 1943

In this prologue to our "Letters from War" series, newspaper columnist Irvin Schwartz pens his farewell in May 1943.