Parades, speeches, and way too much alcohol characterize how Schuylkill County marked the one year anniversary of the Civil War's end.
“Richmond has fallen! Richmond is ours!” – A victory poem from April 1865
Claude Merchant's April 1865 poem summed up the feelings in Pottsville, Pennsylvania after the Confederate capital fell to US forces.
Fundraiser: Donations sought to repair gravestone of Civil War soldier in Schuylkill County
Concerned citizens are raising money to help repair the grave of Civil War soldier John F. Dentzer.
A visit to the ruins of a Yuengling brewery in Richmond, Virginia
On a recent trip to Richmond, we visited the former site of a Yuengling brewery.
A Civil War officer’s grisly amputation at Spotsylvania Court House on May 10, 1864
Captain Edwin L. Severn lost his right arm at the Battle of Spotsylvania Court House on May 10, 1864.
“Cheering, shouting and rejoicing” – A Pennsylvanian’s experience at Appomattox Court House on April 9, 1865
Sergeant Henry Keiser's diary reveals a soldier's perspective of the Civil War's dramatic final moments.
A Pottsville Doctor Reports on the 96th Pennsylvania at the Battle of Gaines’ Mill
A Pottsville physician travels to the Peninsula to report on the experiences of the 96th Pennsylvania at Gaines' Mill.
Killed at Spotsylvania Court House – The Workman brothers of Wiconisco, Pennsylvania
On May 10, 1864, Josiah and Franklin Workman were killed in combat during the Battle of Spotsylvania Court House.
“Very disagreeable on board” – An unpleasant voyage down the Chesapeake Bay during the Civil War
In April 1862, the 96th Pennsylvania embarked aboard steamers and sailed to the front near Yorktown, Virginia. The voyage took two weeks.
A Pennsylvania officer is forced to refute charges of drunkenness among his officers in early 1862
Lt. Colonel Jacob G. Frick penned letter to denounce reports of a wild, drunken party that included numerous officers of the 96th Pennsylvania.