Delmarva Legends & Lore

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Between the waters of the Atlantic and the Chesapeake is Delmarva, a storied land that was once the hunting ground of Blackbeard, where ancient sea monsters lurk and wild ponies gallop along the beaches. Local author David Healey explores the lore of Delmarva, from the legends of St. Michaels—the town that escaped British cannons with a clever trick—to stories of Assateague’s cannibalistic colonists and the all but forgotten history of Anna Carroll, President Lincoln’s “Dear Lady,” who is rumored to have ...
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Overview

Between the waters of the Atlantic and the Chesapeake is Delmarva, a storied land that was once the hunting ground of Blackbeard, where ancient sea monsters lurk and wild ponies gallop along the beaches. Local author David Healey explores the lore of Delmarva, from the legends of St. Michaels—the town that escaped British cannons with a clever trick—to stories of Assateague’s cannibalistic colonists and the all but forgotten history of Anna Carroll, President Lincoln’s “Dear Lady,” who is rumored to have brilliantly advised him on strategy during the Civil War. Join Healey as he reveals the secret history and remarkable legends of Delmarva.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596299214
  • Publisher: History Press, The
  • Publication date: 5/28/2010
  • Series: Folklore Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 1,429,146
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

David Healey is a native Marylander who often writes about the people and places of the Delmarva Peninsula. His articles have appeared in American History, Chesapeake Bay magazine, Chesapeake Life, the Washington Times and Delmarva Quarterly. He is also the author of 1812: Rediscovering Chesapeake Bay’s Forgotten War (Bella Rosa Books) and a Civil War novel, Sharpshooter (Penguin Putnam). A graduate of Washington College in Chestertown and of the Stonecoast MFA program, Healey lives with his wife and two children along the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal in Cecil County, Maryland. In his spare time, he enjoys running, working on his old house and driving his family crazy by pulling over to read historical markers at the side of the road. Visit him online at www.davidhealey.net.
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Table of Contents

Preface 9

Part I Colonial Delmarva

Explorer and Mapmaker Augustine Herman 13

Chestertown Tea Party 17

How Whorekill and Murderkill Got Their Names 18

Lost Houses of Delmarva 20

Chesapeake Bay's First Pirate William Claiborne 24

Baltimore versus Charlestown 26

The Original Sot-weed Factor 30

English, Swedes, Dutch and Native Americans in Conflict Bloody Delmarva 33

Debtors' Prisons 38

Part II War of 1812

The Town that Fooled the British 41

Sir Peter Parker's Fateful Letter 43

Kitty Knight 47

The Battle Fought After War's End 52

Part III Divided Delmarva: The Civil War

Notorious Slave Catcher and Kidnapper Thomas McCreary 55

Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad 60

Spy for the Confederacy Clara Gunby Huffington 63

Lincoln's "My Dear Lady" 67

Caveman of the Civil War 70

Part IV Disasters, Shipwrecks and Mayhem

The Great Gale of 1878 and the Sinking of the Express 73

The Rise and Fall of the Peach Barons 76

Delaware's Coin Beach 80

Cannibals on Assateague 83

Lightning Causes Airline Crash 87

Part V Monsters and Myths

Chessie 91

Oyster Wars 94

Chesapeake and the House Full of Canned Fruit James Michener's 98

The Horses that Swam Ashore 100

Part VI Ghosts, Murders and Mysteries

Haunted Historical Society 103

The Mysterious Cosden Murders 108

Andrew Jackson's Duelist Meets His Match 112

Searching for Blackbeard's Treasure 116

The Drowned Town 119

Selected Bibliography 123

About the Author 127

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