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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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.
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.
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.
Samuel Francis du Pont to Percival Drayton
Du Pont orders Drayton to send Pilot Murphy of the Seneca to Port Royal by the Oleander.
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.
Samuel Francis du Pont to Percival Drayton
Du Pont is sending along letters written by prisoners on board the USS Vermont and asks Drayton to send them by flag of truce.
Samuel Francis du Pont to Percival Drayton
Du Pont orders Drayton to send Act. Master Rogers of the Seneca to Port Royal for medical treatment.
Samuel Francis du Pont to Percival Drayton
Du Pont thanks Drayton for his service in du Pont's squadron and highlights Drayton's service record, mentioning the capture of Port Royal, the occupation of St. Helena Sound, his cooperation with the army in the Stono River, and his actions on the Ogeechee River.
Samuel Francis du Pont to Percival Drayton
Du Pont orders Drayton to fill any vacancies in the other ironclads from Drayton's crew on the Passaic and transfer as many other men as he can spare to the USS Stettin before departing for New York with the Passaic.
Percival Drayton to Samuel Francis du Pont
Drayton informs du Pont on the details of a dinner for the Sardinian officers to be held at the Metropolitan Hotel.
Correspondence, William Marshall to Henry du Pont, 1861-08-02
Georgetown, Delaware regiment being armed, mentions Frankford, Delaware arsenal and inventory
Correspondence, William Marshall to Henry du Pont, 1861-08-22
Received arms, some may have been shipped to Georgetown, Washington, D.C. and fallen into wrong hands
Correspondence, W.O. Redden to Henry du Pont, 1861-08-16
Captain of the Kirkwood Guards regarding the distribution of firearms
Correspondence, James Young to Admiral Samuel Francis Du Pont, 1861-09-21
Man pleads with Du Pont for a job to support his family, he was raised on the Brandywine and knows the du Pont family

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