In April 1861, soldiers from Pennsylvania's Coal Region raced to defend the US Capitol. 160 years later, some of those scenes repeated themselves.
Franklin Gowen: Death in the nation’s capital
The notorious Coal Region power broker died by his own hand in a Washington hotel room in 1889
“We are determined to conquer in the name of God and our country” – Letter from the 96th Pennsylvania
Captain Charles Hipple detailed his motivations to fight in a letter from the encampment of the 96th Pennsylvania.
“Advancing Cautiously Towards Secesh” – A Civil War Regiment Rides the Rails to War
The 96th Pennsylvania left Pottsville for the Union capital in November 1861 amid the cheers of their fellow citizens.