It was the largest fire in American history: by the time it was all over, more than three million acres had burned and at least 78 firefighters were dead.
The coal miners' battle for dignity led to the largest armed insurrection since the American Civil War.
They were the first to brave the unknown.
Before the Civil War, there was no real ambulance corps. On the battlefield, most soldiers died alone, anonymous, and without comfort. There were no dog tags, so the majority of soldiers' families remained entirely unaware of their loved ones' fate. Find out what else we have today that did not exist before the Civil War.
My American Experience
From the Civil War, to Vietnam, to World War II, and more contemporary conflicts, soldiers have been writing home from the front lines for centuries. Has anyone ever written to you from the battlefield? Do you have any war letters or stories about wartime correspondence to share with AMERICAN EXPERIENCE?