Tuesday, August 20, 2013

The Revolution This Week

Sussex Countian new edit
Contributed by Harrison

Description: George Washington & The Revolution This Week -
September 3 - 10
Newspaper published in: Georgetown

Source: Roger Martin Collection

Page/Column: This Week in Delaware History

The Revolution News for Week of September 3 - 10 :

3 September 1774
George Washington, on his way from Mount Vernon to attend the first Continental Congress in Philadelphia, dined at Carson's Buck Tavern at Summit and stayed overnight in New Castle, then crossed the 4th Street Ferry in Wilmington.

3 September 1777 :
British General Howe and his Army debarked ships from the Chesapeake and marched north toward Elkton, Maryland. Meanwhile Hessian General Willhelm von Knyphausen met up with Howe and Cornwallis at Aiken's Tavern, halting a move on Newark.

5 September 1774
Caeser Rodney, Thomas McKean and George Reed represented Delaware in Philadelphia at the First Continental Congress. Although John Dickerson maintained residence in Kent County, he was a delegate from Pennsylvania

8 September 1777
At 7 am British troops passed through Newark on their way to defeat George Washington's ytoops in the 'Battle of Brandywine'.

9 September 1777
General George Washington left Stanton and marched his American Army to Chadds Ford Pennsylvania hoping to cut off the British from entering Philadelphia.

9 September 1780
General George Washington praised Dr. James Tilton of Delaware and thanked him for his hospital work and efforts to alleviate typhus in the American Army.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Ellendale Swamp

Wikipedia new edit
Contributed by Harrison

Description: Ellendale Swamp - Black Camp Insurrection
Date: 2013

Source: internet

The Nanticoke Swamp, as Ellendale Swamp was then known, was said to be a place where criminals hid from the law in the 1750's thereabouts. One cause being that this area was in a border dispute between Maryland and Delaware, and neither claimed jurisdiction. In 1780's the Nanticoke Swamp became a refuge to British Loyalists and known as the Black Camp Insurrection. Harold Hancock in his "History of Sussex County" says "With the removal of the British from Philadelphia in the spring of 1778, British vessels in the Delaware Bay decreased and activities of Sussex County Tory's diminished except for the 1780 Black Camp Rebellion in which insurrectionists, mainly from Sussex Counties Cedar Creek and Slaughter Neck, who had headquarters in this Swamp about six miles north of Georgetown where 'leaders' Bartholomew Banynum and William Dutton had near 400 men under arms formed into militia units. These people, it was said' were ignorant, opposing all laws, favored the Kings Law, the payment of tax and thought that the south of Chesapeake Bay had laid down arms and taken Kings Law and thought Sussex should do the same." A Continental Militia from upper Delaware dispersed these insurrectionists, some were place in the Continental Army, some faced treason charges and some were to be "hung by the neck until most dead, then cut their bowels out and be burnt before your face, then the head be severed and the body quartered". By good fortune, this order common for treason, was never carried out and all were pardoned in 1780 session of the General Assembly on November 4th. In 1780 there were two villages, Fleatown, aka Federalsburg, to the North and New Market to the south. Ellendale had not yet been formed.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

New Sussex County Airport Manager

Journal Every Evening new edit
Contributed by Harrison

Date: July 12 1946

Newspaper published in: Wilmington, Delaware

Source: Own collection

Page/Column: News From Delmarva Peninsula

Georgetown, Delaware - July 12 1946 :

Colonel William Campbell Goldsborough, retired Army Air Corps officer, a native of Smyrna, Delaware, has been named as manager of the Sussex County Airport by the Sussex Levy Court, and will assume his position on Monday of next week with headquarters in a building located at the air field near Georgetown. Goldsborough brings wide knowledge and experience in aviation. He is a veteran of both World Wars and has served 27 years in the Army Air Corps. He was educated in the local Smyrna school system, a preparatory school and studied law at University of California. He received an Army commission in 1918 in the Aviation Section of the Signal Corps as a pilot. After the close of WWI he was commissioned a First Lieutenant in the Regular Army Air Corps. He served assignments in the Hawaiian Islands, Scott Air Field in Illinois, flew mail for six months and in 1939 was Commander at Langley Field. During WWII he served as a submarine patrol pilot and also had administrative duties in India and China. He comes to Georgetown from Curtice Wright Corporation where he was an executive in their research division.

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Revolutionary War Moonument on Long Island

escription: Delaware Revolutionary War Monument On Long Island Date: August 27 2001

Newspaper published in: Georgetown

Source: Roger Martin Collection

Page/Column: This Week in Delaware History

August 27, 2001 the State of Delaware commemorated a monument on Long Island to the Continental Delaware Regiment who played a vital part in the retreat of the American Army, preventing the annihilation of 3000 troops of General Washington by the British Troop 225 year before. The seven foot blue granite contains the seal of Delaware and the history of the regiment.