For updates on the redevelopment of Fort DuPont:





For CDCWRT members who are planning to travel to the Fort Delaware Society office for meetings,

to research at their library or tour the museum,

please update the new address for GPS settings......

2711 Staff Lane is the new address per the Delaware City Fire Company


(The issue of Civil War Mounuments - Bobbi Steele)

Members are asking so I will share what I am able to find that doesn't make it to the full blown Network News/Social Media. Quit over the last few years, the issue of the monuments to/representing soldiers of the Confederate States of America is creeping its way towards Delaware and Maryland. So far, it's been pretty quiet. But it is coming our way.

CSA Gen. John Henry Winder- http://www.delmarvanow.com/story/news/local/maryland/2017/06/21/salisbury-confederate-marker-winder/402975001/

Gen. Rovert E. Lee - http://www.christianitytoday.com/news/2017/june/should-churches-keep-their-civil-war-landmarks.html

CSA Memorial i Georgetown - http://www.delaware1059.com/news/audio-sussex-county-naacp-calls-local-confederate-monument-flags-ffensive/article_d9f59a98-49ed-11e7-8d42-f77c8b9b899d.html


History Book Club at the Dover Public Library

11/16/2017 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM

 This months topic will be: "The Soviet Union"

Our focus is on the Soviet Union, born on November 1917, which makes this season the 100th anniversary of its founding.  The Soviet Union was a major world power influencing history, culture and politics until its ignoble collapse. Our speaker, Lee Transeau, lived in Russia, met with members of the Supreme Soviet, and has great insights into that country! 

  All are invited to share books, articles and memories as well as to listen, ask questions and participate in the History Book Club - the "Best Talk of Dover"

  Please contact Larry Koch for questions, at (302) 335-8344 or by email at larry.koch.2008@comcast.net. For assistance with locatin materials, please visit the library in Dover or call (302) 736-7030.


Sunday, November 19,2017

Gettysburg, PA


   Harold Holzer, writer, scholar and one of the nation's foremost Lincoln experts, will deliver the Dedication Day keynote address on November 19, 2017, in Soldiers' National Cememtery at Gettysburg National Military Park. Mr. Hozer currently serves as the Jonathan F. fanton Director of Hunter College's Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute and has authored, co-authored, or edited 52 books. Holzer recently received the prestigious 2017 Emprie State Archives and History Award from the New York State Archives Partnership Trust. His latest major book, Lincoln and the Power of the Press: The  War for Publick Opinion, won the Lincoln Prize in 2015. In addition, Holzer has written more than 560 articles and reviews for both popular magazines and scholarly journals, including Smithsonian, Life Magazine, and American Heritage. Holzer seved for six years (2010-2016) as Chairman of the Lincoln Bicentennial Foundation. For the previous 10 years he co-chaired the U.S. Abraham Lincoln "Bicentennial Commission, appointed by President Clinton. Prsident Bush awarded Holzer the National Humanitites Medal in 2008. Holzer is founding vice chairman of the Lincoln Forum, which has met annually in Gettysburg for 21 years.

   At 10:00am, the day's events will begin with the wreath-laying ceremony at the Soldiers's Nation Monument, followed by the Dedication Day Program at 10:30 am at the rostrum in the Soldiers' National Cemetery, Gettysburg National Military Park. Lincoln portrayer George Buss will recite the Gettysburg Address and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service will hold a naturalization ceremony for citizen candidates.

   This event is free and open to the general publick. Alimited number of seats will be available to the general public, so feel free to bring lawn chairs. Parking for the event is provided at the Gettysburg national Military Park Museum and Visitor Center in Lot #3 with free shuttle service on the Gold Line Shuttle to the Cemetery.

   In the event of severe inclement weather, the proram will relocate to the Gettysbury College's Majestic Thearter, 25 Carlisle Street, Gettysburg, PA.











The 2nd Delaware

The 2nd Delaware Infantry, also known as the "Living History Society of Delaware Inc." is dedicated to preserving Civil War history through educational activites. These activities include reenactments, living history, and educational presentations. Our membership consist of both infantry and civilian participants. Most of our members are from Delaware and the surrounding counties of Maryland. The 2nd Delaware members have participated in reenactments in Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, North Carolina, West Virginia, and as far away as Shiloh, Tennessee. We strive for authenticity and a correct portrayal of soldiers and civilians of the Civil War period. 

For more information please visit.


Here's What's Happening:



'Delaware History’ documents the Civil War years

This column previously published an article titled “Read all about it! — A guide to Civil War Delaware.” (Coastal Point, August 31, 2012). It included a list of publications that dealt with Delaware’s involvement in the Civil War.

Included among these historical works were: “Delaware During the Civil War: A Political History” by Harold Bell Hancock, “History of the First Regiment Delaware Volunteers” by William P. Seville, and “Slavery and Freedom in Delaware, 1639-1865” by William H. Williams. These studies cover the state’s political, military, and social aspects respectively.

More recently, Jeffrey R. Biggs updated Seville’s publication with a version titled, “They Fought for the Union: A History of the First Delaware Volunteers in the Army of the Potomac.” 

Beyond these basic works, over the years, the Delaware Historical Society published a number of articles in its journal “Delaware History” on a variety of Civil War subjects, including:

“The Civil War Diaries of Anna M. Ferris,” edited by Harold B. Hancock (April 1961). Anna was a thoughtful, outspoken resident of Wilmington on the issue of slavery, and the importance of preserving the Union. Her diaries are held in the collection at the Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College.

“The Brandywine Home Front During the Civil War, Part 1: 1861,” (April 1961); Part II: 1862 (April 1963); Part III: 1863 (October 1964); and Part IV: 1864-1865 (October 1965) by Norman B. Wilkinson — who was a Research Associate at the Hagley Museum. This four-part series discusses the roles of prominent individuals in the New Castle County area, and their impact on the outcome of the Civil War.

“Confederate Prisoners of War at Fort Delaware” by Nancy Travis Keen (1968-1969). Keen, a doctoral candidate at the University of Delaware, documents the fate and fortunes of 32,305 Confederate POWs that spent time at Fort Delaware prison on Pea Patch Island in the Delaware River.

“Delaware Military Academy, 1859-1862,” by B. Franklin Cooling, III (April 1971). Cooling, who was Chief, Historical Research and Reference Division, Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania, describes the brief life of this military academy that provided “a small coterie of alumni to the bloody battlegrounds” of the Civil War.

“The Vallandighams of Newark: A Delaware Copperhead Family,” by Jan Joseph Losi (1978-79). The author, who held an M.A. in History from the University of Delaware, narrates the difficulties experienced by Rev. James L. Vallandigham and his family who were pro-South in their political leanings while living in a state that fought for the Union.

“A Confederate View of Prison Life: A Virginian in Fort Delaware, 1863,” by Walter L. Williams (1978-1979). Williams, an assistant professor of history, University of Cincinnati, quotes from a diary that Joseph Edward Purvis, 19th Virginia Regiment, kept for two months during his stay at Fort Delaware prison after capture on July 3, 1863 at Gettysburg. It provides a description of the privation and boredom experienced at the island prison.

“Alexander B. Cooper’s Civil War Memories of Camden,” edited by Harold Hancock (1982-1983). Hancock relates Cooper’s personal recollections of the Civil War’s effect on his quiet community of Camden, Delaware that, as a result, “was never again the same.” This came about because of political divisions among those in the community who chose to support either the North or the South.

“The Civil War Letters of S. Rodman and Linton Smith,” by Robert F. Crawford (1984-1985). The author, the great-grandson of Linton Smith, describes the Civil War through the eyes of Wilmington Quakers, brothers Rodman and Linton Smith, who served the Union after enlisting in the 4th Delaware Infantry.

“Camp Life of Delaware Troops in the Union Army” by Annette Woolard (1984-1985). Woolard, who graduated from the University of Delaware with a master’s degree in history, relates behind-the-scenes stories of what life was like in military camps for Delaware soldiers when they were not engaged in combat on the battlefields of Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania. The author stresses that Delawareans did not “display the culture shock, the anger against Confederates, and the hatred of the land that other Yankee soldiers exhibited,” because their proximity to Delaware permitted them to travel between camp and home more readily than soldiers from other states.

For information about obtaining copies of the Delaware History articles, contact the Delaware Historical Society Research Library at (302) 655-7161.

Tom Ryan is the author of the multiple award-winning “Spies, Scouts & Secrets in the Gettysburg Campaign.” Signed copies are available at Bethany Beach Books. His latest book, “Eleven Fateful Days in July 1863: Meade Tracks Lee’s Escape after Gettysburg,” is due out in 2018. Contact him at pennmardel@mchsi.com or visit his website at www.tomryan-civilwar.com.

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