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
One of two copies of a letter in which Drayton and his officers respond to du Pont's inquiry about removing the turret of their vessel, stating the reasons why it would be inadvisable to do so at the present time.
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.
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.
Drayton et al. to Samuel Francis du Pont
One of two copies of a letter in which Drayton and his officers respond to du Pont's inquiry about removing the turret of their vessel, stating the reasons why it would be inadvisable to do so at the present time.
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.