Civil War collections

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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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Correspondence, Wilson W. Walker to Henry du Pont, 1861-07-29
Walker provides a report of his militia company's strength and equipment. Walker's company was the 'Odessa Home Guards' of Odessa, 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.
Correspondence, Henry L. Hopkins to Henry du Pont, 1861-07-30
Hopkins provides a report of his militia company's strength and equipment. Hopkins' company was the Union Home Guards of Seaford, 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.
Correspondence, Thomas Draper to Henry du Pont, 1861-07-29
Draper provides a report of his militia company's strength and equipment. Draper's company was based in Felton, 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.
Correspondence, Henry L. Hopkins to Henry du Pont, 1861-05-20
Hopkins requests arms for his militia company in Seaford, Delaware.
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.
Correspondence, H. N. Appleton to Henry du Pont, 1861-07-26
Appleton provides a report of his militia company's strength and equipment. Appleton's company, the 'Union Guards,' was located in Summit Bridge, 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.
Correspondence, John B. Pennington to Henry du Pont, 1861-07-25
Pennington provides a report of his militia company's strength and equipment. Pennington's company, the 'Haslet Guard,' was based in Dover, 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.
Correspondence, Thomas M. Ogle to Henry du Pont, 1861-07-20
Ogle provides a report of his militia company's strength and equipment. Ogle's company, the 'Delaware Guard, Company C,' was based in New Castle, 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.
Correspondence, James C. Wilson to Henry du Pont, 1861-07-30
Wilson provides a report of his militia company's strength and equipment. Wilson's company, the 'Townsend Home Guard,' was based in Townsend, 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.
Correspondence, James B. Henry to Henry du Pont, 1861-07-20
Henry provides a report of his militia company's strength and equipment. Henry's company, the 'Union Home Guards,' was based in Delaware City, 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.
Correspondence, Edward D. Porter to Henry du Pont, 1861-08-01
Porter discusses supplies sent to his militia company, the 'New Ark Home Guards' of Newark, Delaware. Also included are receipts for equipment issued to the 'New Ark Home Guards.'
Correspondence, Henry du Pont to Samuel Townsend, 1862-02-15
du Pont informs Townsend (located in Townsend, Delaware) that confiscated arms and military equipment is being sent to him for safe keeping. Included is a list of the equipment sent to Townsend.
Correspondence, Mrs. Samuel Francis (Sophie) Du Pont to Samuel Francis Du Pont, 1861-11-20
Correspondence regarding the destruction caused by the November 20, 1861 explosion in the powder yards (Press Room, Grain Mill, and Dust Mill in Upper Yard). Three people were killed including Joseph Russell, John Vichie, and Charles Mulherrin.
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.
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.
Correspondence, Henry S. McComb to Lammot du Pont, 1862-11-04
Letter from Colonel Henry S. McComb, commander of the 5th Delaware Volunteer Infantry, confirming the men Lammot du Pont recommended to become noncommissioned officers in Company B.
Correspondence, Henry S. McComb to Lammot du Pont, 1863-03-11
Letter from Colonel Henry S. McComb, commander of the 5th Delaware Volunteer Infantry, confirming the men Lammot du Pont recommended to become noncommissioned officers in Company B.
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.
Correspondence, Samuel R. McDowell to Lammot du Pont, 1862-10-25
Letter confirming the time and place that men from Bancroft's Bank would be officially mustered into Federal service.
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.
Correspondence, Henry S. McComb to Lammot du Pont, 1863-02-16
Letter from Colonel Henry S. McComb to Lammot du Pont confirming the appointment of Samuel R. McDowell as regimental Quartermaster Sergeant.
Correspondence, Lammot du Pont to Samuel Bancroft, 1862-10-17
Copy of Letter from Lammot du Pont to Samuel Bancroft regarding the selection of officers and noncommissioned officers for a militia company.
Correspondence, Henry du Pont to Lammot du Pont, 1864-05-31
Letter from Henry du Pont to Lammot du Pont regarding a military officer who wanted to speak with Lammot about the prospect of detonating a ship loaded with gunpowder near a fort on the southern coast.
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.
Correspondence, Henry S. McComb to Lammot du Pont, 1862-11-24
Letter from Colonel Henry S. McComb, commander of the 5th Delaware Volunteer Infantry, informing Lammot du Pont of the assignment of company letters and the amount of clothing to be issued to private soldiers.

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