Civil War collections

About this collection

This digital collection includes a small but significant selection of letters, photographs, pictorial envelopes, and other primary sources from the Hagley Library connected to the Civil War. Many of the items relate to du Pont family members, soldiers who served with them, or powdermen who worked in the E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company powder yards during the war. Of particular interest is the correspondence of Rear Admiral Samuel Francis du Pont with one of his naval officers, Percival Drayton. The items were digitized in conjunction with Hagley's exhibit, An Oath of Allegiance to the Republic: the du Ponts and the Civil War. Click here to visit Hagley’s companion online exhibit.

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Percival Drayton to Samuel Francis du Pont
Drayton has heard of du Pont's arrival at Philadelphia and writes that he has been appointed the captain of the iron-clad Passaic, which is join du Pont's squadron. Drayton has recommended to Fox that, with du Pont's consent, the Passaic should replace the Pawnee, as the Pawnee would be more useful in the Potomac than in the Stono. He also mentions the delays in the preparation of the iron clads., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Winterthur Manuscripts (Accession WMSS), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Receipt, Ferdinand Arras to Lammot du Pont, 1862-09-02
Receipt from Ferdinand Arras acknowledging payment for cleaning muskets during September, 1862 for Lammot du Pont's militia company. This company later became Company B, 5th Delaware Volunteer Infantry., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Lammot du Pont, Sr., papers (Accession 0384), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Battery Meade, two 100 pound Parrotts, Sergeant George Woreen, 2nd parallel
Second Battle of Fort Wagner, Morris Island, South Carolina. Location also known as Battery Wagner., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Civil War officers photographs (Accession 1971.MSS.918), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Sap roller in progress 'Full Sap'
Second Battle of Fort Wagner, Morris Island, South Carolina. Location also known as Battery Wagner., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Civil War officers photographs (Accession 1971.MSS.918), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Samuel Francis du Pont to Percival Drayton
Du Pont is sending along a letter written by one of the prisoners on board the USS Vermont and asks Drayton to send it to its intended recipient under flag of truce., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Winterthur Manuscripts (Accession WMSS), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Samuel Francis du Pont to Percival Drayton
Du Pont orders Drayton to proceed with the Passaic to North Edisto and report to the senior officer present., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Winterthur Manuscripts (Accession WMSS), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Percival Drayton to C.R.P. Rodgers
Drayton tells Rodgers that he is going up the Wilmington River to see if he can find out anything about the Fingal (which was renamed the Atlanta)., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Winterthur Manuscripts (Accession WMSS), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Invoice of Ordnance and Ordnance Stores turned over by Captain S. R. Craig, A.Q.M. to Captain L. du Pont, Co. B, 5th Regt. Delaware Vol. Infantry. at Wilmington, Del.
Invoice for firearms and related equipment released to Lammot du Pont for issue to Company B, 5th Delaware Volunteer Infantry., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, The Longwood Manuscripts (Accession LMSS), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Percival Drayton to Samuel Francis du Pont
Drayton is sending the Henry Andrew to join du Pont but mentions that if the vessel is not needed further it would be useful at Fernandina to keep communication lines open., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Winterthur Manuscripts (Accession WMSS), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Samuel Francis du Pont et al. to Percival Drayton et al.
One of three copies of a letter in which du Pont requests some of the officers in his squadron to board the USS New Ironsides and assess the desirability and practicability of changing the position of the turret so as to be forward of the smoke stack., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Winterthur Manuscripts (Accession WMSS), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Statue of Rear-Admiral Samuel Francis Du Pont
Caption on reverse: 'Statue of Rear Admiral S. F. Du Pont when it stood in Du Pont Circle, Washington, D.C. - looking north, up Connecticut Avenue.' The statue was designed by sculptor Launt Thompson and dedicated on 20 December 1884. Members of the du Pont family moved the statue to Rockford Park in Wilmington, Delaware in 1920., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Samuel Francis du Pont photographs (Accession 2010.269), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Samuel Francis du Pont to Percival Drayton et al.
One of three copies of a letter in which du Pont requests some of the officers in his squadron to board the USS New Ironsides and assess the desirability and practicability of changing the position of the turret so as to be forward of the smoke stack., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Winterthur Manuscripts (Accession WMSS), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Percival Drayton to Unknown Recipient
Drayton reports from the Stono River that General Wright's brigade has arrived after an arduous march., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Winterthur Manuscripts (Accession WMSS), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Samuel Francis du Pont to Percival Drayton
Du Pont appoints Drayton along with Creighton of the Ottawa and Maxwell of the Pawnee to a board in order to examine some of the midshipmen in the squadron on the questions sent by the Secretary of the Navy., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Winterthur Manuscripts (Accession WMSS), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Samuel Francis du Pont to Percival Drayton et al.
Du Pont writes that he is sending copies of a dispatch from the Navy Department asking that Commanders of ironclads report frequently on the qualities of those vessels., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Winterthur Manuscripts (Accession WMSS), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Percival Drayton to Samuel Francis du Pont
Drayton congratulates du Pont on his commendations from Congress and his appointment to rear admiral., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Winterthur Manuscripts (Accession WMSS), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Mortar Battery, 5 guns, 2nd parallel
Second Battle of Fort Wagner, Morris Island, South Carolina. Location also known as Battery Wagner., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Civil War officers photographs (Accession 1971.MSS.918), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Percival Drayton to Samuel Francis du Pont
Drayton writes that he is sending the report of a board of surgeons on the case of Acting Master Mattian, who's rheumatism has gotten worse. Drayton asks to send him to the Vermont in order for the fleet surgeon to see him., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Winterthur Manuscripts (Accession WMSS), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Samuel Francis du Pont to Percival Drayton
Du Pont writes that he is sending Mr. Cook, a pilot, to replace Mr. Mattian, whom Drayton is requested to send to Port Royal by way of the Daffodil., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Winterthur Manuscripts (Accession WMSS), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Officers at Fort Hamilton, New York
Officers of the 5th U.S. Artillery and the 12th U.S. Infantry at Fort Hamilton New York. They are identified as follows: front row (L to R); Major Bruen (?) 12th Inf., Col. Martin Burke, and Capt. Putman (?) 12th Inf. Back row (L to R); Lt. (illegible) 5th Arty., Lt. J. W. Piper 5th Arty., Lt. Coutes (?) 12th Inf., Lt. du Pont Adjt. 5 Arty, Capt. King, 12th Inf., and Lt. Mimmack Adjt. 12th Infantry. Henry Algernon du Pont served as Adjutant of the 5th U.S. Artillery while he was stationed at Fort Hamilton., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Louise du Pont Crowninshield photographic collection (Accession 1971.MSS.471), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Samuel Francis du Pont to Percival Drayton et al.
One of three copies of a letter in which du Pont requests some of the officers in his squadron to board the USS New Ironsides and assess the desirability and practicability of changing the position of the turret so as to be forward of the smoke stack., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Winterthur Manuscripts (Accession WMSS), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Dismounted 200 pound of Captain Strahan, 3rd Regiment, 2nd parallel
Second Battle of Fort Wagner, Morris Island, South Carolina. Location also known as Battery Wagner., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Civil War officers photographs (Accession 1971.MSS.918), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
1st Mortar Battery, Morris Island
Second Battle of Fort Wagner, Morris Island, South Carolina. Location also known as Battery Wagner., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Civil War officers photographs (Accession 1971.MSS.918), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Telegraph headquarters, left batteries
Second Battle of Fort Wagner, Morris Island, South Carolina. Location also known as Battery Wagner., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Civil War officers photographs (Accession 1971.MSS.918), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
du Pont, Henry Algernon (1838-1926)
Henry Algernon du Pont as a Lieutenant-Colonel of artillery. He was brevetted Lieutenant-Colonel for gallantry in action at the Battle of Cedar Creek in Virginia, 19 October 1864. Henry A. du Pont was later awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for his service in this battle., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Louise du Pont Crowninshield photographic collection (Accession 1971.MSS.471), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Percival Drayton to H.M. Blue et al.
Drayton asks for a report on the Prize Steamer Darlington, a captured Confederate steamer., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Winterthur Manuscripts (Accession WMSS), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Advance works, from the Beacon House
Second Battle of Fort Wagner, Morris Island, South Carolina. Location also known as Battery Wagner., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Civil War officers photographs (Accession 1971.MSS.918), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Samuel Francis du Pont to Percival Drayton
Du Pont orders Drayton to proceed with the Passaic to North Edisto and assume the direction of affairs as Senior Naval officer there., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Winterthur Manuscripts (Accession WMSS), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Samuel Francis du Pont to Percival Drayton
Du Pont orders Drayton to the fort at Genesis Point (Fort McAllister) on the Ogeechee River, where du Pont has decided to test the ironclads. Commander Daniel Ammen of the Patapsco and Commander John Downes of the Nahant are bringing their vessels and are ordered to report to Drayton. Du Pont anticipates the encounter may also lead to the capture or destruction of the Nashville. The Marblehead is to remain anchored in Wassaw Sound to cover the blockade., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Winterthur Manuscripts (Accession WMSS), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
US Gunboat McDonough in Lighthouse Inlet
Second Battle of Fort Wagner, Morris Island, South Carolina. Location also known as Battery Wagner. The gunboat in the background is the U.S.S. Commodore McDonough., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Civil War officers photographs (Accession 1971.MSS.918), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
[S.G.?] to Percival Drayton
Letters informs Drayton aboard the Flagship Mohican that the Confederates are abandoning Fort Clinch and gives instruction to proceed immediately with the evening tide through Cumberland Sound into Fernandina Harbour, and, after taking possession, to insure the preservation of public and private property and to secure prisoners and munitions of war., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Winterthur Manuscripts (Accession WMSS), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Recruiting Poster for Battery B, 5th U. S. Artillery, 1863-08-08
Recruiting poster for Battery B, 5th U.S. Artillery, commanded by Lieutenant Henry Algernon du Pont. The poster was made while Battery B was encamped near Hagerstown, Maryland., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Broadside Medium, Published Collections, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
[J.F. Miller?] to Percival Drayton
Letter provides a list of the ammunition expended by the USS Passaic during the attack on Fort McAllister., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Winterthur Manuscripts (Accession WMSS), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Samuel Francis du Pont to Percival Drayton
Du Pont requests Drayton to come to the port, as du Pont wishes to consult with Drayton on the possibility of reducing the force., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Winterthur Manuscripts (Accession WMSS), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Samuel Francis du Pont to Percival Drayton
Du Pont orders Drayton to send the Paul Jones and the Unadilla to Port Royal., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Winterthur Manuscripts (Accession WMSS), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Percival Drayton to Samuel Francis du Pont (incomplete)
Portion of letter mentioning Drayton's upcoming plans., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Winterthur Manuscripts (Accession WMSS), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Two 30 pound Parrotts, Captain Shaw, 3rd Regiment, left batteries
Second Battle of Fort Wagner, Morris Island, South Carolina. Location also known as Battery Wagner., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Civil War officers photographs (Accession 1971.MSS.918), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Correspondence, Henry L. Hopkins to Henry du Pont, 1861-05-20
Hopkins requests arms for his militia company in Seaford, Delaware., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Eleuthère Irénée du Pont and his family miscellaneous papers (Accession 267), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
du Pont, Henry Algernon (1838-1926)
Ambrotype of Henry Algernon du Pont around the time of his graduation from the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Louise du Pont Crowninshield photographic collection (Accession 1971.MSS.471), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Beacon House, south side
Second Battle of Fort Wagner, Morris Island, South Carolina. Location also known as Battery Wagner., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Civil War officers photographs (Accession 1971.MSS.918), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
General Beauregard
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Civil War officers photographs (Accession 1971.MSS.918), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Battery B, 3rd NY Artillery, 'Napoleon guns', Captain Ashcroft, 2nd parallel
Second Battle of Fort Wagner, Morris Island, South Carolina. Location also known as Battery Wagner., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Civil War officers photographs (Accession 1971.MSS.918), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Swamp Angel dismounted
Second Battle of Fort Wagner, Morris Island, South Carolina. Location also known as Battery Wagner., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Civil War officers photographs (Accession 1971.MSS.918), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
U.S. Iron Clad Steamship 'Roanoke'
The first turreted frigate in the U.S., used during the Civil War, [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Civil War naval vessels prints (Accession 1971.MSS.674), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Correspondence, C.A. Belin to DuPont Company, 1862-08-18
Belin reporting that it is becoming hard to find labor at Wapwallopen as all able bodied men are going off to the war, [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company records (Accession 0500.I), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Correspondence, Van Marcus to DuPont Company, 1860-12-03
Georgia Legislature set aside one million for purchase of arms, if it includes powder, they would give DuPont the contract, [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company records (Accession 0500.I), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
General Gillmore and staff, Morris Island
Second Battle of Fort Wagner, Morris Island, South Carolina. Location also known as Battery Wagner. Image depicts Brigadier General Quincy A. Gillmore (1825-1888) and his staff., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Civil War officers photographs (Accession 1971.MSS.918), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Correspondence, Bushrod Washington to Mrs. Samuel Francis Du Pont
Mr. Washington thanking Mrs. Du Pont for sending reading materials to him at Fort Delaware., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Winterthur Manuscripts (Accession WMSS), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Letter of Honorary Membership in the 'Brandywine Home Guards', 1861-11-23
Letter informing Charles I. du Pont, Thomas Stirling, George Brattan, Isaac Ford, and Robert Miller of their election as honorary members of the 'Brandywine Home Guards.' The Brandywine Home Guards were two militia companies that later became Companies B and D, 5th Delaware Volunteer Infantry., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Lammot du Pont, Sr., papers (Accession 0384), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Invoice of Clothing, Camp, and Garrison Equipage turned over by Captain S. R. Craig, A.Q.M. to Captain L. du Pont 5th Regt. Delaware Volunteer Infantry at Wilmington Del.
Invoice for clothing, equipment, and paperwork forms released to Lammot du Pont for issue to Company B, 5th Delaware Volunteer Infantry., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, The Longwood Manuscripts (Accession LMSS), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Percival Drayton to Samuel Francis du Pont
Drayton informs du Pont that he is sending the Norwich to Port Royal for repairs to the machinery., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Winterthur Manuscripts (Accession WMSS), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Aftermost Gun and poop deck, U.S. Flagship Wabash
Image of Rear-Admiral Samuel Francis Du Pont, his staff, and sailors standing with a cannon on the U.S.S. Wabash., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Samuel Francis du Pont photographs (Accession 2010.269), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Engineer Road, Folly Island
Second Battle of Fort Wagner, Morris Island, South Carolina. Location also known as Battery Wagner., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Civil War officers photographs (Accession 1971.MSS.918), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Discovery of a Rebel battery and camp on Vernon River, Georgia, Dec. 11th, 1861
Caption: 'Discovery of a rebel batter and camp on Vernon River, Geo. Dec. 11th 1861, by the U.S. gun boats 'Ottawa,' 'Seneca,' 'Pembina,' and 'Mary Andrew' under command of Capt. Rogers of the 'Wabash.' Presented to Commodore du Pont with the compliments of Mr. Crane. Sketched from the 'Ottawa.'', [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Samuel Francis du Pont photographs (Accession 2010.269), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Captain Strahan's 3rd Regiment, two 200 pound Parrotts, one dismounted, 2nd parallel
Second Battle of Fort Wagner, Morris Island, South Carolina. Location also known as Battery Wagner., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Civil War officers photographs (Accession 1971.MSS.918), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
List of Company Property Lost or Destroyed, 1864-02-25
Notarized statement by Lammot du Pont of military equipment lost or destroyed during active service by Company B, 5th Delaware Volunteer Infantry. Du Pont submitted a copy of this statement to the U. S. Ordnance Department in order to explain why items issued to his company were not returned to the government after their time in active service., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Lammot du Pont, Sr., papers (Accession 0384), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Correspondence, Alfred Victor du Pont to DuPont Company, 1862-12-06
Powder order, but also mentions expectations of seeing the river clear of rebels down to New Orleans soon, [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company records (Accession 0500.I), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Correspondence, Alfred Victor du Pont to DuPont Company, 1862-12-22
Shipping from Pittsburgh now faster, [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company records (Accession 0500.I), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
H. G. Wright to Percival Drayton
Wright reports that he has learned from a couple of Contrabands that the Fingal has returned to Savannah and is lying at the wharf with 300 bales of cotton on board and that an English vessel is also loaded and waiting for a chance to run the blockade. Wright also reports on the movements of Confederate forces., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Winterthur Manuscripts (Accession WMSS), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Percival Drayton to Samuel Francis du Pont
Drayton writes from Philadelphia that he has heard du Pont is unwell, and he plans pay a visit tomorrow., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Winterthur Manuscripts (Accession WMSS), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Telegram, Hugh Stirling to W. N. Chandler, 1864-09-29
Copy of a telegram from Hugh Stirling to W. N. Chandler regarding a torchlight procession that Stirling's Independent Company of Delaware Infantry would be participating in., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, The Longwood Manuscripts (Accession LMSS), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Official U.S. Passport, Lammot du Pont
Lammot du Pont's U.S. Passport signed by Secretary of State William Seward, [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Lammot du Pont, Sr., papers (Accession 0384), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Samuel Francis du Pont et al. to Percival Drayton et al.
Du Pont requests the officers in his squadron to assemble on board the Passaic to report on the points referred to in the letter from the Bureau of Equipment and Recruiting relating to the Petty officers for the ironclads., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Winterthur Manuscripts (Accession WMSS), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Percival Drayton to Samuel Francis du Pont
Drayton mentions that he is sending the report du Pont requested along with a letter about Mr. Dennis of the Coast Survey schooner, Casewell., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Winterthur Manuscripts (Accession WMSS), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Percival Drayton to unknown recipient
Drayton asks the recipient to return a letter that he let him borrow, as Drayton has promised to return it to its original owner., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Winterthur Manuscripts (Accession WMSS), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
New Nursery Rhymes
Poem in the form of a nursery rhyme that lampoons members of the Delaware Democratic Party., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Eleuthère Irénée du Pont and his family miscellaneous papers (Accession 267), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Percival Drayton to Samuel Francis du Pont
Drayton reflects on letters from various people that du Pont sent him and includes his thoughts on the army and the current state of the war., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Winterthur Manuscripts (Accession WMSS), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Percival Drayton to Samuel Francis du Pont
Drayton writes of the evacuation of James Island by the army, which he considers to be a mistake. He recommends that a sufficient naval force be left in the area in case the Confederates are emboldened to attempt to retake the batteries along the coast., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Winterthur Manuscripts (Accession WMSS), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Correspondence, E. C. Davis to Lammot du Pont, 1864-09-10
Letter from E. C. Davis to Lammot du Pont repaying money that Davis borrowed from du Pont while at Fort Delaware., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Lammot du Pont, Sr., papers (Accession 0384), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Names of Men Who Refused to Join Lammot du Pont's Company
List of men who refused to join Lammot du Pont's militia company. The list includes names, ages if available, and reasons for some of the men's refusal to enlist., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Lammot du Pont, Sr., papers (Accession 0384), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Percival Drayton to Samuel Francis du Pont
Drayton discusses his conversation with a person at the Times concerning the incident at Charleston and the Stimers' court., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Winterthur Manuscripts (Accession WMSS), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Samuel Francis du Pont to Percival Drayton
Du Pont has a peremptory order to send the USS Passaic to New York for repairs and writes of his concerns about the Navy Department., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Winterthur Manuscripts (Accession WMSS), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Samuel Francis du Pont to Percival Drayton
Du Pont is happy to hear that Drayton has returned north. Du Pont's recent illness has interrupted his normal correspondence, although a trip to New York helped lift his spirits. He hopes that Drayton will visit once he arrives in Philadelphia and expresses a hope that Drayton will soon receive a promotion to Rear Admiral., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Winterthur Manuscripts (Accession WMSS), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Percival Drayton to Samuel Francis du Pont
Drayton reports that the Norwich has arrived and that he will send out the Hale and Henry Andrew tomorrow. He remarks that the losses at Secessionville are even higher than first rumored and that it had been a mad undertaking. Drayton is surprised that the Confederates did not open fire on the retreating troops for, if they had, Drayton believes nothing then could have prevented a stampede. General Benham is the scapegoat and, due to his previous unpopularity, does not have any support from his fellow officers. Drayton also relays information provided him by two Contrabands that have arrived there., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Winterthur Manuscripts (Accession WMSS), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Percival Drayton to Samuel Francis du Pont
Drayton has reported to Farragut and the Hartford and is eager to be underway, although the preparations are delayed in part by a want of available sailors. He advises du Pont not to respond to the Secretary's letter nor to reach out to Lincoln. He mentions the loss of the Weehawken has thrown confusion on the iron clad supporters. He thanks du Pont for his kind words about him and is sending a carte de visite taken by Brady for Mrs. du Pont., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Winterthur Manuscripts (Accession WMSS), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Gideon Welles to David Glasgow Farragut
The Navy Department requests that the board currently convened, of which Farragut is the president, take under consideration and advise on the relative merits of the pivot and the broadside systems of ordnance on vessels of the classes of the Ticonderoga, Lackawanna, and Juniata., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Winterthur Manuscripts (Accession WMSS), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Correspondence, N. B. Knight to Henry du Pont, 1861-07-26
Knight provides a report of his militia company's strength and equipment. Knight's company, the 'Camden Zouaves,' was based in Camden, Delaware. Du Pont, as Major-General in command of the Delaware Militia, asked the commanders of the state's militia companies to make a detailed report on the status of their companies in his General Orders No. 1., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Eleuthère Irénée du Pont and his family miscellaneous papers (Accession 267), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Percival Drayton to Samuel Francis du Pont
Drayton advises against du Pont's proposed letter to President Lincoln. He also mentions the visit of the Russian navy to New York., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Winterthur Manuscripts (Accession WMSS), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Correspondence, Richard D. Wende to Henry Algernon du Pont, 1871-11-07
Wende discusses his wife, his desire to move west, and asks du Pont to send him a pair of artillery blankets., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Winterthur Manuscripts (Accession WMSS), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
John Downes to Percival Drayton
Commander Downes gives his account of the actions of his ironclad, Nahant, during the engagement at Fort McAllister., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Winterthur Manuscripts (Accession WMSS), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Percival Drayton to Samuel Francis du Pont
Drayton reports that the Secretary told Drayton to take one of the iron-clads that are about ready for du Pont's squadron, although Drayton mentions his reservations about the effectiveness of the vessels. Drayton remarks that he is struggling to buy a suitable tug in New York. Asst. Secretary Fox has clarified that the new liquor law means that no liquor is to be allowed on board naval vessels and that it was issued as a response to three hundred volunteer officers having already been dismissed due to drunkenness. Drayton mentions that he visited du Pont's home and that people in Washington a talking a great deal about Lincoln's preliminary emancipation proclamation., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Winterthur Manuscripts (Accession WMSS), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
H.G. Wright to Percival Drayton
Wright believes that it would be unwise to diminish the Union forces on the Stono River in any way before reinforcements can arrive, and therefore asks that Drayton not send the gunboats that du Pont requests for the Charleston blockade if Drayton has any discretion to do so., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Winterthur Manuscripts (Accession WMSS), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Muster Roll of Company B, 5th Regiment Delaware Volunteers, 1863-06-30
Muster roll for Company B (Lammot du Pont's company), 5th Regiment Delaware Volunteer Infantry at the end of their service at Fort Delaware. The roll includes company members' names, rank, date of enlistment, and brief comments on their service., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, The Longwood Manuscripts (Accession LMSS), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Correspondence, Thomas Moreland to Lammot du Pont, 1863-07-24
Letter from Sergeant Thomas Moreland of Company A, 5th Delaware Volunteer Infantry, to Lammot du Pont, complaining of what he felt was the unfair treatment of his company at Fort Delaware., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Lammot du Pont, Sr., papers (Accession 0384), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Correspondence, Richard D. Wende to Henry Algernon du Pont, 1869-01-23
Wende discusses a friend who wants to join du Pont's battery., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Winterthur Manuscripts (Accession WMSS), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Percival Drayton to Samuel Francis du Pont
Drayton thanks du Pont for his invitation to visit the capitol but declines on account of not wanting to be absent in case some of the iron clads, which are believed to be in Charleston harbor, were to move into Stono., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Winterthur Manuscripts (Accession WMSS), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Receipt, Ferdinand Arras to Lammot du Pont, 1863-04-15
Receipt from Ferdinand Arras acknowledging payment for cleaning muskets and rifles for Company B (Lammot du Pont's company), 5th Delaware Volunteer Infantry., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Lammot du Pont, Sr., papers (Accession 0384), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Samuel Francis du Pont to Percival Drayton
The Department of the Navy has finally broken its silence towards du Pont with two letters, one acknowledging du Pont's reports and another addressing his letter about Fulton. Du Pont asks Drayton to go and see Mr. Winter Davis., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Winterthur Manuscripts (Accession WMSS), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Percival Drayton to Samuel Francis du Pont
Drayton reports that no movement has occurred since his last letter. The Confederate forces fire a few shells into camp every afternoon, which causes little damage but might become a serious annoyance considering that 'answering the fire is very much like shooting at a person with your eyes shut.' He further states that he is enclosing a 'kind of protest' from General Wright concerning the removal of any gunboats from the area. Drayton does not think it necessary to have so many vessels merely for the camp, but admits the Navy's presence must have a very beneficial impact on the morale of the troops there., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Winterthur Manuscripts (Accession WMSS), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Correspondence, Richard D. Wende to Henry Algernon du Pont, 1868-11-20
Wende asks du Pont to help a friend join du Pont's battery. Wende also asks if du Pont could help him get a job as a horse doctor with the Army., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Winterthur Manuscripts (Accession WMSS), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Percival Drayton to Samuel Francis du Pont
Drayton updates du Pont on the situation on the Stono River. The Ellen was fired on from the bushes, and Drayton was able to confirm the location of a Confederate battery and a camp further inland at Secessionville. Union soldiers have arrived on troop steamers. Generals Hunter and Benham landed the troops at Old Fort and the next day had thorough check of the area; Drayton expects them to come back under the protection of his guns before night., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Winterthur Manuscripts (Accession WMSS), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
General Order Number 1, 5th Delaware Volunteer Infantry, 1863-02-13
General Order Number 1, issued by Colonel Henry S. McComb for the 5th Delaware Volunteer Infantry. The order details expectations for the officers and men of the regiment., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Lammot du Pont, Sr., papers (Accession 0384), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Percival Drayton to Samuel Francis du Pont
Drayton gives a status report. Among other updates, Drayton remarks he is surprised by the effect their rifle guns had at over a mile distance on Pulaski. He has sent the Paymaster up in the Hope and reports on various personnel matters, including an application from Masters Mate Winton who desires to go home and take a ship belonging to one of his relations., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Winterthur Manuscripts (Accession WMSS), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Clothing Receipt Roll, Company B, Captain du Pont, 5th Regiment Delaware Volunteers
Form listing clothing issued to noncommissioned officers and privates in Company B (Lammot du Pont's company), 5th Regiment Delaware Volunteer Infantry, on 6 May 1863. The form includes the names of men receiving clothing, the amount of clothing they received, and their signatures., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, The Longwood Manuscripts (Accession LMSS), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Correspondence, Richard D. Wende to Henry Algernon du Pont, 1866-06-11
Wende asks du Pont for a loan to help pay his costs to travel to Europe to settle family business., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Winterthur Manuscripts (Accession WMSS), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Military Discharge for Lammot du Pont, 1863-08-12
Lammot du Pont's discharge from military service. He served as Captain of Company B, 5th Delaware Volunteer Infantry. The discharge is signed by Major Henry A. Judd, U.S. Army, who was recruiting officer in Wilmington, Delaware., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, The Longwood Manuscripts (Accession LMSS), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Correspondence, J. P. Tracy, M.D. to Lammot du Pont, 1863-07-15
Letter from Tracy stating that William McKendrick, a member of Company B (Lammot du Pont's company), 5th Delaware Volunteer Infantry, should remain with his ill wife., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Lammot du Pont, Sr., papers (Accession 0384), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Correspondence, Joanna Maria (Smith) du Pont to Lammot du Pont, 1863-06-24
Joanna du Pont, Lammot's aunt, writes to ask if he can release Richard Hunter (a member of Company B, 5th Regiment Delaware Volunteer Infantry) from military service so that Hunter can take care of her ill horses. She also discusses family members., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Lammot du Pont, Sr., papers (Accession 0384), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Account of Regimental Fund, Rations
Accounting of money spent on rations for the 5th Delaware Volunteer Infantry while at Fort Delaware, July 1863. Includes a specific breakdown of food expenses for Company B (Lammot du Pont's company)., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, The Longwood Manuscripts (Accession LMSS), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Percival Drayton to Samuel Francis du Pont
Drayton gives his first report on his attack on Fort McAllister. The Passaic came under heavy enemy fire and received some very severe blows. Drayton believes that the damage inflicted on the fort during the day can be repaired at night and does not think the advantage to be gained by another attack would compensate for the risk of further injury to the Passaic. He awaits du Pont's orders on how to proceed., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Winterthur Manuscripts (Accession WMSS), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Percival Drayton to Samuel Francis du Pont
Drayton has arranged the rooms at the Astor House that du Pont requested and writes that he continues to be busy at the Navy Yard with preparations for Dahlgren's squadron., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Winterthur Manuscripts (Accession WMSS), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Correspondence, Francis H. Reichard to Lammot du Pont, 1863-08-03
Reichard, a Captain in Battery M, 3rd Pennsylvania Artillery, asks Lammot du Pont's help in getting his unit transferred out of Fort Delaware, which he calls a 'horrid Post!' Reichard also mentions a visit with Henry du Pont., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, The Longwood Manuscripts (Accession LMSS), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Samuel Francis du Pont to Percival Drayton
Du Pont discusses his departure from Port Royal, what the newspapers are saying, and the Union army and naval developments in the Charleston area, including the battle at Fort Wagner., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Winterthur Manuscripts (Accession WMSS), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Correspondence, Lammot du Pont to Henry S. McComb, 1863-02-09
Copy of letter from Lammot du Pont to Colonel Henry S. McComb (commander of the 5th Delaware Volunteer Infantry) recommending the appointment of Samuel R. McDowell as regimental Quartermaster Sergeant., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Lammot du Pont, Sr., papers (Accession 0384), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807

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