In April 1861, soldiers from Pennsylvania's Coal Region raced to defend the US Capitol. 160 years later, some of those scenes repeated themselves.
The notorious Coal Region power broker died by his own hand in a Washington hotel room in 1889
Captain Charles Hipple detailed his motivations to fight in a letter from the encampment of the 96th Pennsylvania.
The 96th Pennsylvania left Pottsville for the Union capital in November 1861 amid the cheers of their fellow citizens.