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.

    Image: Crew of the USS Wabash, detail. Click to view.

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Telegram, James M. Peoples to Henry B. Judd, 1864-08-15
Copy of telegram from James M. Peoples to Major Henry B. Judd. Peoples, Captain of Company A, 7th Regiment Delaware Volunteer Infantry, requests information on rations. Henry B. Judd was the U.S. Army liaison officer in Wilmington, Delaware.