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Civil War Delaware: The First State Divided

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In the years preceding the Civil War, Delaware was essentially divided—as a slave state, it had many ties to the South, but as the first state to ratify the federal Constitution, it was fiercely loyal to the Union. With the outbreak of war, the First State rallied to Lincoln’s call and sent proportionally more troops to fight for the Union than any free state. Yet even as the renowned Du Pont mills provided half of the Union gunpowder, Southern sympathizers transported war materiel to the Confederacy via the ...
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In the years preceding the Civil War, Delaware was essentially divided—as a slave state, it had many ties to the South, but as the first state to ratify the federal Constitution, it was fiercely loyal to the Union. With the outbreak of war, the First State rallied to Lincoln’s call and sent proportionally more troops to fight for the Union than any free state. Yet even as the renowned Du Pont mills provided half of the Union gunpowder, Southern sympathizers transported war materiel to the Confederacy via the Nanticoke River. Author Michael Morgan deftly navigates this complex history. From Wilmington abolitionist Thomas Garrett, who helped 2,700 fugitive slaves flee north, to the prison camp at Fort Delaware that held thousands of captured Confederates and political prisoners, Morgan reveals the remarkable stories of the heroes and scoundrels of Civil War Delaware.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781609494452
  • Publisher: History Press, The
  • Publication date: 10/2/2012
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 813,514
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

For twenty years, Michael Morgan wrote columns for the Maryland Beach Comber, the Maryland Times, and the Delaware Coast Press. His work also appears in many other regional publications including Maryland Magazine, Chesapeake Bay Magazine and The Baltimore Sun.
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Table of Contents

Preface 7

1 First State on the Fence

Delaware Enters the Debate 9

Nat Turner Frightens Delaware 15

The Lone Star of Illinois 17

The Escape of Theophilus Collins 19

Election Night in Wilmington 23

2 Delaware Decides

Southern Overture 27

All for the Union 29

Some for the South 32

The Most Humane Way to End the War 35

Balloon over Sussex 39

Confederate Invasion 41

The Secret Mission of Lammot du Pont 44

From the Front: Port Royal 46

3 Into the Fight

The Play's the Thing 49

From the Front: The Monitor and the Merrimack 53

Underground Railroad Runs in Reverse 56

From the Front: Antietam 58

First Arrivals at Fort Delaware 63

Election of 1862 67

From the Front: Fredericksburg 71

4 At the Gates of Wilmington

A First for Delaware 75

Wilmington Threatened 77

From the Front: Gettysburg 80

William Bright Takes a Holiday 85

Canteens and Coffins 89

5 The War Widens

Rally 'Round the Flag 95

From the Front: Olustee 98

The Immortal Six Hundred 100

From the Front: Shenandoah Valley 104

Off the Delaware Coast 106

Election of 1864 110

6 The Fruits of Defeat

Bittersweet Victory 113

A Bright Beginning 117

The Last Battle 119

Memories and Monuments 121

Notes 131

Bibliography 145

Index 153

About the Author 159

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2013

    This was very accessible to me.  The format makes it work:  shor

    This was very accessible to me.  The format makes it work:  short stories, just the right amount of detail and language that moves it
    along.  The writing style is very good and readable.  I spend a lot of time in the state and knew virtually nothing about this important time
    in its history.  Great job.

    DMS

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