On August 8, 1863, Brigadier General William Whipple was nearly gunned down on the outskirts of Pottsville, Pennsylvania.
“Anarchy and violence” – A St. Patrick’s Day riot in Carbondale – 1845
Peaceful St. Patrick's Day celebrations turned violent in Carbondale in March 1845.
The Archbald Draft Riot of September 1862
In September 1862, Irish immigrants living near Scranton rose up to resist efforts to enroll local men for the draft and service in the Civil War.
Violence in the Coal Region and the Molly Maguire conspiracy theory
An 1873 letter in the Boston Globe exhibits many signs of a Molly Maguire conspiracy theory in the Coal Region.
“A reign of lawlessness” – A violent week in Schuylkill County in 1870
In April 1870, a widespread outbreak of violence across Schuylkill County shocked residents
Watching HBO’s Deadwood and finding comparisons to Pennsylvania’s Coal Region
Watching HBO's Deadwood and reflecting on similarities between the "Wild West" and Pennsylvania's Coal Region
Attack on the wife of a Union soldier launched brawl on streets of Pottsville in 1864
After a landlord threw out the family of a Union soldier, the women of Pottsville rose up in anger to attack him.
Violent assault on miners in Schuylkill County in 1865 linked to Lincoln assassination
Three miners in Lorberry were assaulted in a bar after expressing sorrow at Lincoln's assassination.