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.
Correspondence regarding the recent explosion on November 20, 1861 and its destruction. Sophie is taking care of Mr. Syle's children, whom she is very fond of. Sophie mentions two letters she has received from her husband.
Correspondence inquiring about Mr. Davis' late speech in Brooklyn, which Sophie heard about from Mrs. Charles du Pont. Sophie tells Mr. Davis about recent letters she has received from her husband about the war. Sophie also mentions taking care of the Syle boys after the explosion and the various destruction the explosion caused.
Correspondence written from wife to husband regarding his recent letters and her every day life. Sophie comments on the trials of General Sherman and sympathizes with the hardships of her husband in the war. Letter continues onto December 17th with discussion about Captain Gillis and General Sherman.
Correspondence from wife to husband regarding every day life, which she says she condenses on account of bad eyesight. She discusses the visit of Mr. and Mrs. Gerhard and others, and comments on the letters he has sent her. Sophia laments over not being able to see her husband for Christmas Day and wishes him affectionate holidays greetings. Sophie mentions the sword that was presented to her husband in response to his victory at Port Royale, South Carolina.
Correspondence from wife to husband regarding every day life while he is away at war. Sophie mentions Captain Davis, Henry Winter Davis, Mrs. Welsh, General Anderson, and Clementina and Harriet Smith. Parts of the letter are written in French. Sophie also mentions meeting with Charles and young Harrington. She encloses a note to a soldier at Port Royal from a girl in Rockdale living with the Smith family.
Henry relaying to his son news about Aunt Lina, a snowstorm and the Delaware Regiments. The Delaware Cavalry battalion had left for Drummond town, but left one Company in Wilmington in search of deserters. There was a parade of the 5th Del. Regiment, notes the Brandywine Companies were the best drillers