Sunday, September 1, 2013

Delaware in the Civil War

Sussex Countian new edit
Contributed by Harrison

Description: September in Delaware During the Civil War
Newspaper published in: Georgetown

Source: Roger Martin Collection

Page/Column: This Week in Delaware History

September 5, 1861:
Despite the presence of Union Troops and Prisoners of War, excursion steamers continue to bring parties of men and women to Pea Patch Island where picnics were held.

September 8, 1864:
Pvt. Henry T. Thorn, company D., 2nd Delaware Infantry, became one of 10 Delaware soldiers to die of scurvy, diarrhea, dysentery, etc., in Andersonville Prison in Georgia during the month of September. Their remains have been buried there.

September 11. 1863:
Twelve Confederate bodies in coffins were placed on the wharf at Fort Delaware, the first od many, readied for burial on the New Jersey side of the Delaware River at Finns Point.

September 16, 1862:
President Lincoln called for 300,000 men, 3440 of which were Delaware's quota. The draft was extended to allow securing volunteer and after funds were raised to pay bounties the quota was filled.

September 29, 1862:
The bodies of Captains Evan Watson and James Rickards of 1st Delaware Infantry Regiment, killed at Antietam lay in state in Old Town Hall then buried in Wilmington Brandywine Cemetery.

September 30, 1863:
The month ended with 340 Confederates at Fort Delaware having died during a like period from prison hardship and disease.

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