Frank Israel left his home in Pennsylvania and didn't look back for 15 years. While he was away, he traveled the world.
The officers of the 96th Pennsylvania allegedly toasted George Washington's birthday during a raucous party in February 1862.
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.