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 mask epidemic” – A native of Schuylkill County in Seattle during the 1918 influenza pandemic
A caustic letter by a Schuylkill County native in Seattle complained of mask requirement in the city. But their letter missed the mark.
“I am a traveler by nature” – A long-lost son of Lykens writes home from the West
Frank Israel left his home in Pennsylvania and didn't look back for 15 years. While he was away, he traveled the world.
A Civil War officer described a rowdy party with his comrades… and found himself in a heap of trouble
The officers of the 96th Pennsylvania allegedly toasted George Washington's birthday during a raucous party in February 1862.
“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.