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Civil War Guide

The Civil War

Holdings

of the

Delaware Public

Archives

This handbook is designed to indicate and describe the scope of the Civil War holdings at the Delaware Public Archives. This guide should assist the researcher in narrowing the range of search material.

For an overview of the Archives’ Civil War holdings, see the pamphlet “Civil War Holdings of the Delaware Public Archives.”

A copy of this handbook should remain in the Research Room.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Adjutant General Files…………………………………………….1

Civil War Records, volumes………………………………………7

Military Service Records and Index (NARA)….…………………8

Adjutant General Cards File………………………………………9

Microfilm………………………………………………………….9

Small Manuscripts………………………………………….……10

General Reference…………………………………………….…11

Executive Papers………………………………………………...12

Reference Reels……………………………………………….…12

Photographs……………………………………………………...13

Scrapbooks……………………………………………………….15

Pamphlets………………………………………………………...15

Newspaper Clippings…………………………………………….19

Prints and Engravings……………………………………………20

Delaware Civil War Centennial Commission……………….…...21

Direct Tax Files……………………………………………….….21

Bibliography………………………………………………..…….22

RG 1800.035 ADJUTANT GENERAL FILES (CIVIL WAR)

These records contain a wide variety of individual documents. The records in the boxes labeled "Adjutant General Files, General”are from the Office of the Adjutant General, Delaware, are organized first by year, and then by subject matter therein. Some of the folders contain papers relating to one particular subject, such as the Home Guards, Colored Troops, and sick and wounded soldiers, while others contain executive correspondence, and others still hold copies of General Orders and Special Orders from the War Department in Washington, D. C.

Other boxes contain quartermaster reports, muster-in rolls, muster-out rolls, morning reports, and monthly returns. The rolls are organized by unit, usually at the regimental level.

The records in the oversized box are various documents too large for regular boxes. See the listing for the contents of this box.

Adjutant General Files, General, undated, 1861 (11 folders)

1. Undated Miscellaneous

(All of the remaining documents are dated 1861)

2. Re: Home Guards

3. Re: Sick and wounded soldiers

4. Governor’s Papers, General

Governor’s Papers, Correspondence

5. Re: Raising and discharging troops

6. Re: Commissions, appointments, resignations

7. Miscellaneous

8. Lists of 2nd and 3rd Delaware Infantry soldiers

9. General Orders

10. Special Orders

11. Miscellaneous

Adjutant General Files, General, 1862 (13 folders)

1. Re: Home Guards

2. Re: Sick and wounded soldiers

3. Re: Colored troops

4. Governor’s Papers, General

Governor’s Papers, Correspondence

5. Re: Raising and discharging troops

6. Re: Commissions, appointments, resignations

7. Miscellaneous

8. Secretary of State Correspondence

9. General Orders

10. Special Orders

11. Circulars

12. Miscellaneous Papers

13. Miscellaneous Correspondence

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Adjutant General Files, Enrollment Books, 1862 (2 folders)

--New Castle County Draft, 1862, Wilmington

--New Castle County Draft, 1862, New Castle Hundred, Brandywine Hundred, Christiana Hundred, and Mill Creek Hundred

Adjutant General Files, General, 1863 (1 of 2 boxes) (8 folders)

1. Re: Sick and wounded soldiers

2. Re: Colored troops

3. Re: Building a Union fort in Delaware

4. Re: National cemetery at Gettysburg

5. Re: Accounts of the 1st Del. Cavalry at Westminster, MD, 1863

Governor’s Correspondence

6. Re: Raising and discharging troops

7. Re: Commission, appointments, resignations

8. Miscellaneous

Adjutant General Files, General, 1863 (2 of 2 boxes) (12 folders)

Secretary of State Correspondence

1. Re: Raising and discharging troops

Re: Commissions, appointments, resignations

2. January through April

3. May through August

4. September through December

5. Miscellaneous

6. Special Orders

7. General Orders

8. Circulars

9. Miscellaneous lists of soldiers

10. Miscellaneous papers

11. Miscellaneous correspondence

12. Miscellaneous quartermaster reports

Adjutant General Files, General, 1864 (18 folders)

1. Re: Sick and wounded soldiers

2. Re: Colored troops

3. Re: National cemetery at Gettysburg

4. Governor’s Papers, General

Governor’s Papers, Correspondence

5. Re: Raising and discharging troops

6. Re: Commissions, appointments, resignations

7. Miscellaneous

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Secretary of State Correspondence

8. Re: Raising and discharging troops

9. Re: Commissions, appointments, resignations

10. Miscellaneous

11. Monthly and tri-monthly reports

12. Quarterly returns of deceased soldiers

13. General Orders

14. Special Orders

15. Circulars

16. Miscellaneous lists of soldiers

17. Miscellaneous papers

18. Miscellaneous correspondence

Adjutant General Files, Quartermaster Reports, 1864 (7 folders)

1. January-May

2. September

3. October-November

4. November-December

5. 1st Div., 2nd Army Corps

6. 1st Div., 2nd Ambulance Corps

Adjutant General Files, General, 1865 (14 folders)

1. Re: Sick and wounded soldiers

2. Re: colored troops

3. Re: National cemeteries at Gettysburg and Antietam (1865-1869)

4. Governor’s Papers, General

Governor’s Papers, Correspondence

5. Re: Raising and discharging troops

6. Re: Commissions, appointments, resignations

7. Secretary of State Correspondence

8. Adjutant General, Delaware, Correspondence

9. Monthly and tri-monthly reports

10. General Orders

11. Special Orders

12. Circulars

13. Miscellaneous papers

14. Miscellaneous correspondence

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Adjutant General Files, Quartermaster Reports, 1865-1866 (9 folders)

1. 1st Div., 1st Ambulance Corps

2. 1st Div., 2nd Ambulance Corps

3. 1st Div., 1st Army Corps, February-March

4. 1st Div., 1st Army Corps, March-June

5. 1st U. S. Volunteer Infantry, March-April

6. 1st U. S. Volunteer Infantry, April-August

7. 1st U. S. Volunteer Infantry, August-March 1866

8. Miscellaneous, January-February

9. Miscellaneous, March-June

Adjutant General Files, Muster-In Rolls (1 of 3 boxes) (47 folders)

Purnell Cavalry Vols. of Md. 1 folder

6th Penn. Regt. 1 folder

Del. Vols., Misc. branches of service 1 folder

1st Batt., Del. Light Artillery 11 folders

Delaware Cavalry 33 folders

Adjutant General Files, Muster-In Rolls (2 of 3 boxes) (106 folders)

1st Regt. Del. Infantry Vols. 62 folders

1st Regt. Del. Veteran Vols. 18 folders

2nd Regt. Del. Infantry Vols. 26 folders

Adjutant General Files, Muster-In Rolls (3 of 3 boxes) (96 folders)

3rd Regt. Del. Infantry Vols. 73 folders

4th Regt. Del. Infantry Vols. 23 folders

Adjutant General Files, Miscellaneous Rolls (72 folders)

Muster-in rolls

5th Regt. Del. Infantry Vols. 10 folders

6th Regt. Del. Infantry Vols. 9 folders

7th Regt. Del. Infantry Vols. 5 folders

8th Regt. Del. Infantry Vols. 1 folder

9th Regt. Del. Infantry Vols. 1 folder

Muster rolls

1st Regt. Del. Infantry, Co. B 1 folder

2nd Regt. Del. Infantry 11 folders

3rd Regt. Del. Infantry, Co. H 1 folder

4th Regt. Del. Infantry, Co. D 1 folder

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1st Regt. Del. Cavalry, Co. F 1 folder

Muster and Descriptive rolls

1st Regt. Del. Cavalry 2 folders

1st Regt. Del. Infantry Vols. 1 folder

1st Regt. Del. Veteran Vols. 11 folders

2nd Regt. Veteran Vols. 1 folder

4th Regt. Del. Infantry Vols. 11 folders

6th Regt. Del. Infantry Vols. 1 folder

8th Regt. Del. Infantry Vols. 4 folders

Adjutant General Files, Morning Reports and Monthly Returns (101 folders)

Morning Reports, 9th Regt. Del. Infantry Vols. 90 folders

Monthly Returns, 9th Regt. Del. Infantry Vols. 11 folders

Adjutant General Files, Muster-Out Rolls (1 of 6 boxes) (54 folders)

Miscellaneous detachments of Del. Regiments 1 folder

30th Regt. U. S. Colored Troops 1 folder

Unassigned Del. Infantry Vols. 1 folder

3rd Regt. Md. Vols. 1 folder

4th Regt. Md. Vols. 1 folder

Indep. Co. G, Pa. Art. Vols. 1 folder

1st Regt. Pa. Infantry Vols. 1 folder

191st Regt. Pa. Infantry Vols. 1 folder

198th Regt. Pa. Infantry Vols. 1 folder

1st Regt. Del. Cavalry 34 folders

2nd Batt., Del. Veteran Reserve Corps 11 folders

Adjutant General Files, Muster-Out Rolls (2 of 6 boxes) (88 folders)

1st Regt. Del. Infantry Vols. 54 folders

1st Regt. Del. Veteran Vols. 34 folders

Adjutant General Files, Muster-Out Rolls (3 of 6 boxes) (65 folders)

2nd Regt. Del. Infantry Vols. 63 folders

2nd Regt. Del. Veteran Vols. 2 folders

Adjutant General Files, Muster-Out Rolls (4 of 6 boxes) (57 folders)

3rd Regt. Del. Infantry Vols. 57 folders

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Adjutant General Files, Muster-Out Rolls (5 of 6 boxes) (64 folders)

4th Regt. Del. Infantry Vols. 64 folders

Adjutant General Files, Muster-Out Rolls (6 of 6 boxes) (78 folders)

5th Regt. Del. Infantry Vols. 10 folders

6th Regt. Del. Infantry Vols. 13 folders

6th Regt. Del. Veteran Reserve Corps 2 folders

8th Regt. Del. Infantry Vols. 37 folders

9th Regt. Del. Infantry Vols. 3 folders

10th Regt. Del. Infantry Veteran Reserve Corps 1 folder

12th Regt. Del. Infantry Veteran Reserve Corps 3 folders

14th Regt. Del. Infantry Veteran Reserve Corps 2 folders

16th Regt. Del. Infantry Veteran Reserve Corps 1 folder

18th Regt. Del. Infantry Veteran Reserve Corps 3 folders

20th Regt. Del. Infantry Veteran Reserve Corps 1 folder

24th Regt. Del. Infantry Veteran Reserve Corps 2 folders

Adjutant General Files, Miscellaneous Oversized (10 folders)

1. Appointment certificates (ct. 2)

2. Statement of clothing allowances

3. Re: Recommendation of John Shilling to be Chaplain

4. Quarterly return of Ordnance and Ordnance Stores

5. Abstract of receipts-voucher 1, 1st and 2nd quarter 1865, 2nd. Delaware

6. Abstract of receipts-voucher 3, 1st and 2nd quarter 1865, 2nd. Delaware

7. Service records, John Shilling, 1862-1865

8. Service records, Daniel Woodall, 1861-1864

9. “The Regimental Flag” newspaper, published by 2nd Del., 1862

10. Roster, Co. D, 2nd Del. July 15, 1861-Dec. 31, 1861

See also RG 1800.106 Papers of James E. Bailey (7 folders)

This box contains the official papers of James E. Bailey, a Captain and Major in the 3rd Del., 1862-1865. Most of the papers relate to supplies, clothing, and equipment.

This box also includes a folder consisting of documents regarding Joseph H. Bailey, Navy engineer, 1859-1885.

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CIVIL WAR RECORDS: VOLUMES

RG 1800.038 Service Records (16 volumes)

These bound records are comprised of companies’ muster-out rolls. Rolls may include such information as a soldier’s name, rank, age, birthplace, residence, occupation, enlistment date and location, muster-in date and location, mustering officer, term of enlistment, pay dates and amounts, and transfer and promotion data. The rolls also may list separately those soldiers who deserted, or who were killed, ill, or discharged.

-1st Del., reorganized

-1st Del. Cavalry and Artillery (Nield’s Independent)

-1st Del. Cavalry

-1st Del. Cavalry, 3-months service (volume blank)

-1st Del. Infantry

-2nd Del. Infantry

-3rd Del. Infantry (1 of 2)

-3rd Del. Infantry (2 of 2)

-4th Del. Infantry (1 of 2)

-4th Del. Infantry (2 of 2)

-5th Del. Infantry (1 of 2)

-5th Del. Infantry (2 of 2)

-6th Del. Infantry (1 of 2)

-6th Del. Infantry (2 of 2)

-1st Del. Artillery

-2nd Del. Artillery

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RG 1800.042 Clothing Books (14 volumes)

These volumes contain information on the clothing and supplies issued to each individual soldier. One soldier per page, with the date of issues, the money value of the issues, and signatures of the soldier and witnesses.

-1st Del. Cavalry, Co’s B to D

-1st Del. Cavalry, Co’s E to G

-1st Del. Infantry, Co’s B and C

-1st Del. Infantry, Co’s D and E

-1st Del. Infantry, Co’s F and G

-1st Del. Infantry, Co’s H to K

-1st Del. Infantry, N. C. S.

-3rd Del. Infantry, Co’s A, B, C, E

-3rd Del. Infantry, Co’s F to K

-4th Del. Infantry, Co’s A and B

-4th Del. Infantry, Co’s C and D

-4th Del. Infantry, Co’s E and F

-4th Del. Infantry, Co’s G to K

-9th Del. Infantry, Co’s A, D, E, G

Other Volumes (6 volumes)

-RG 1800.037 Company A descriptive book

-RG 1800.040 Consolidated Morning Report Book, 1st Del. Infantry, part 1

-RG 1800.040 Consolidated Morning Report Book, 1st Del. Infantry, part 2

-RG 1800.036 Regimental Order Book: handwritten copies of 30 regimental orders dating from Sept. 5, 1864 to Jan. 18, 1865 for the 9th Regiment..

-RG 1800.039 Register: Register of dates and times of furloughs and leaves of absence of officers of the 9th Regiment.

-RG 1800.041 Local militia rolls: listings include name, age, and occupation of militia members. Militias are from Duck Creek, Little Creek, Dover Hundred, Murderkill Hundred, Mispillion Hundred, and Milford Hundred.

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MILITARY SERVICE RECORDS and INDEX

This collection consists of 117 rolls of microfilm of Service Records and four rolls of microfilm for the Index. The original records are in the possession of the National Archives. The Index is an alphabetical card index to the compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers belonging to units from the State of Delaware. Each index card gives the name of a soldier, his rank, and the unit in which he served.

The Service Records consist of various types of documents. A jacket-envelope for each soldier contains his name, rank, unit, and card numbers. Cards contain information abstracted from muster rolls, regimental returns, descriptive books, and other records. Documents such as enlistment papers, substitute certificates, casualty sheets, medical descriptions, death reports, prisoner-of-war memorandums, and correspondence are also included. Records for officers are interfiled with the records of enlisted men. If an individual served in more than one unit, there

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will be a separate service record for each unit in which he served. Military units include the 1st Battalion Cavalry, Milligan’s Independent Company Cavalry, Neild’s Independent Battery Light Artillery, Ahl’s Independent Company heavy Artillery, 1st Infantry (3 Months), and the 1st through 9th Infantry organizations. Also included are records for Unassigned Delaware soldiers, Miscellaneous personal Papers, Miscellaneous Enlistment Papers, and Miscellaneous Muster Cards.

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ADJUTANT GENERAL CARD INDEX

The card files in the Research Room include six drawers of cards for Delawareans who fought in the Civil War. This collection from the Adjutant General’s office in Delaware is incomplete. Even so, the cards herein contain much information useful to researchers, including the soldier’s name, date of joining, date of muster, term of service, rank, and organization; on the back of each card, further information details engagements, wounds, discharge, payments, and sometimes the soldier’s death, burial location, and next of kin.

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MICROFILM (self-service)

RG 0775.013 Records of the Adjutant General’s Office:

Regimental Books—Delaware Volunteer Units Descriptive Books, Reel # 1.

Regimental Books—Delaware Descriptive Books, Reel # 2.

RG 1825.001 Records of the Provost Marshal General’s Bureau:

Delaware Original Enrollment, Classes I, II, III, June 1863, Reel # 1.

Enrollment lists for New Castle County, Delaware, Reel # 2.

Consolidated list, Class I, 1st District Kent and Sussex Counties, Delaware, Reel # 3.

Delaware Corrections on Enrollment, March 1864-March 1865; names added-includes “slave enrollment” March 1864, Reel # 4.

RG 9025 Private Accounts Collection

Sussex County Account Books, Reel #24 – Journal of Charles Heydrick, 1863-1873. Written in a November 1862 clothing account book for the 6th Delaware Regiment, Heydrick's diary is an account of daily farm life in Delaware, including entries on farm tasks and finances.

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RG 9200 SMALL MANUSCRIPTS

Many of the Small Manuscripts collections contain Civil War-related documents. These collections, often family papers, may include diaries and correspondence of soldiers at the front and their families at home.

RG 9200.B04 Bell Collection

Several lengthy letters written by James A. Bell while in Washington D. C. regarding various aspects of the war, including a detailed account of his capture and imprisonment in Richmond.

RG 9200.B07 Burton-Wooten Papers

Several letters between Judge Edward Wooten and Governor William Burton regarding Home Guards, commissions, and raising troops, 1861-1862.

RG 9200.B16 Ballard Collection

Four letters from John Wells, 2nd Delaware Regiment, to his family in Delaware. Provides limited description of his military life.

RG 9200.C04 Carter, Philemon C.

Papers and correspondence regarding Philemon Carter’s involvement as Captain of Co. H, 6th Delaware Home Guards, and paymaster and pension agent.

RG 9200.D12 Downes, Townsend

Two volumes of diaries of Townsend Downes, a sergeant in the 1st Del. Cavalry, Co. C. The diaries date from Jan. 1, 1864 to Dec. 31, 1864, and from Jan. 1, 1865 to June 10, 1865.

RG 9200.E03 Eccles, William

Discharge certificate of William Eccles, 1864.

RG 9200.F01 Fairbanks, William H.

Three volumes of diaries, from 1861, 1863, and 1865; entries focus on daily farm life in Delaware during those years.

RG 9200.H07 Harrington Papers

Collection of letters between John Harrington, Sgt. in the 3rd Del., Co. H., and John Vickers, 1862-1864. One folder of original letters and one folder of typescript copies of the originals in the other folder.

RG 9200.H12 Hitch Collection

1864 diary of Sgt. Spencer Hitch, stationed near Washington, D. C.

RG 9200.L02 La Motte (Lammot)

Collection of letters from Charles E. La Motte, mostly at H. Q., 2nd Div., 5th Army Corps, to his family in Wilmington. Folder includes cards with summarization of letters.

RG 9200.M05 Moor-Naudain Collection

Letters to and from Robert Moor, a Union soldier.

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RG 9200.M06 Moore, Archibald

Selected pages from his military log, April 1, 1864-April 17, 1867. Moore was a Navy sailor on board the Union ship “Brooklyn,” and saw action at Mobile Bay and other engagements.

RG 9200.M07 Murphy Papers

Letters from camps where T. G. Murphy of Dover served as chaplain.

RG 9200.P05 Purnell Collection (MS 9344, 9406)

Several well-written letters from a soldier in a New York regiment to friends in Cooperstown, NY. In the oversized box, there is a copy of a muster and descriptive roll of Consolidated Co. B, 1st Del. Cavalry, and a copy of a muster-out roll of Co. B, 1st Del. Cavalry.

RG 9200.S11 Smyth, General Thomas

Three diaries (1864-1865) of Brigadier General Smyth who served with the 1st Delaware Regiment and the Irish Brigade. Also included are copies of pension records of the General’s wife (1865-1918) and a copy of The Life and Military Services of the Late Brigadier General Thomas A. Smyth by Maull, 1870.

RG 9200.W10 Wilson, James Harrison

Typescript copy of diaries of General J. H. Wilson, 1861-1865. As an Army engineer, Wilson played an active role at highest level of Union command. (For other Wilson papers, see Reference Reels R31 and R50).

RG 9200.W06 Woodall, Daniel

1863 field diary of Col. Woodall, 1st Delaware Regiment. Also typescript copies of Woodall correspondence and papers.

RG 9270.001 GENERAL REFERENCE

#345-“Roll of missing men #1”

Poster, with a message “To Returned Soldiers and Others” from Clara Barton, asking for information about any of the names on the poster, arranged by state, and offering assistance to those seeking missing servicemen.

#358-“Delaware soldiers in the Civil War, by HSD”

Various documents and lists, including copies of the booklets Delaware in the Civil War and The Civil War, teacher’s packet of activities, photocopies of letters, copy of the Senate Journal, vol. 20 1861-1862, dated Jan. 3, 1861, information sheets about the purchase by Delaware State Museums of presentation sword owned by Capt. John N. Richards.

#483-“Delaware Regiments”

Includes three copies of “Extract History of Delaware in the Civil War.”

#506-“Civil War episodes in New Castle Town”

Copies of an article and a document regarding New Castle in the Civil War.

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#623-“Civil War correspondence and personal papers: small groups”

Miscellaneous letters, both copies and originals.

#681-“Civil War Union Veterans League in Delaware”

Dues receipts for the U. V. L.

#853-“Civil War Correspondence”

Miscellaneous letters

#856-“Civil War Correspondence”

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RG 1300.000 EXECUTIVE PAPERS

The executive papers for the Civil War period are located in three boxes labeled “1859-1862”, “1863-1864”, and “1865-1866.” Each one contains correspondence, in and out of state; appointments and commissions, and military papers. Similar records may be found in the Adjutant General Files.

The box labeled “1859-1862” also contains records of Capt. William Marshall, Surgeon General.

The box labeled “1863-1864” also contains a muster roll for the 4th Del. Regt.

The box labeled “1865-1866” also contains papers regarding the 13th Amendment in Delaware.

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RG 9270.005 REFERENCE REELS (self-service microfilm)

R31 – Pocket diary of Gen. James H. Wilson, Jan. 17, 1864-May 15, 1864**

R49 – Diary of Cyrus Forewood, member of Co. A, 2nd Del., 1861-1863

Diary of Mrs. Lydia B. Houston, 1862-1864

R50 – “History of Lt. Col. Henry Neill’s Regt.” By James B. Jackson

Journal of Charles Heite, 1861-1864

Diary of J. H. Wilson, 1861-1865**

R52 – Capt. Thomas Reynolds letters, 1862-1864

R135 – Papers of William Lank, 1861-1865

**See also Wilson papers in Small Manuscripts

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PHOTOGRAPHS

RG 1325.036 General Collection, Portraits—Box 1

Box 1, Folder 4: Gen. Banks

Folder 9: Lt. Biddle

Folder 16: Lt. Burton

Cpl. Burton

J. Burton

Box 2, Folder 2: Lt. Carrow

Folder 4: Lt. Chambers

Lt. Clark

Folder 8: Capt. Corbett

Folder 10: Capt. Levin Bevins Day

Box 3, Folder 3: Sgt. Freese

Folder 10: Sgt. Hazzard

Folder 12: Lt. D. Stewart Hessey, C. S. A.

Box 4, Folder 5: Lt. Joseph

Folder 8: Samuel J. Lank

Box 5, Folder 4: Rev. Thomas Murphey (2)

Folder 5: Sgt. Nicholson

Folder 7: Capt. Pascall

Folder 9: Lt. Philips

Folder 10: Capt. R. G. Porter, U. S. N., Ft. Colorado

Box 6, Folder 1: William J. Reed of Ellendale, Sussex Co., Delaware. Served with Co.

G, 9th Delaware Regt.

Folder 3: Samuel P. Reynolds. Served in Co. A, 4th Delaware Regt.

William Thomas Reynolds, Co. H, 3rd Delaware Regt.

Box 7, Folder 6: Gen. Alfred T. A. Torbert, U. S. A.

Folder 6: Capt. Townsend

Folder 10: Sgt. Walsh

Box 8, Folder 3: Maj. Gen. James H. Wilson, Commanding Cavalry Corps, Military

Division of the Mississippi, April 2, 1865. (2)

RG 1325.036 General Collection, Military

Folder 1—group portraits

--Three Union soldiers, including Robert S. Watson

--Three Union soldiers, including Capt. Pascall, Lt. Waples, and Capt. Townsend

--The officers of the 3rd Delaware

--Color Guard of the 1st Delaware, with national and state colors

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Folder 2—Fort Delaware, miscellaneous

--“Prisoners of War in Fort Delaware, May 1864: Brave and Distinguished Southerners

in a Union prison.”

--Trees growing through Civil War gun carriage

--Sketch of Pea Patch Island and Fort Delaware, Nov. 1, 1864

--From Harper’s Weekly, June 27, 1863: “Prisoners arriving at Ft. Delaware.”

--Negatives of shells and cannonballs

Folder 3—Fort Delaware, external views

Folder 4—Fort Delaware, internal views

RG 9015.003.001 Purnell Collection, Subjects—Military

Box 47, Folder 14: Gen. Grant and staff

Gen. Grant at Gettysburg

Union soldiers dead at Gettysburg (2)

Folder 15: Blue copy of group portrait with Watson

Drawing of Blue Hen chickens stamping out the Copperheads, 1860.

RG 8005.046 Department of Public Instruction Motion Pictures

“Delaware in the Civil War: Splitting of the Diamond.”

A black-and-white film, approximately 15 minutes long, focussing on Delaware’s duality as a border state. The film discusses both the Union and Confederate factions in the state, the resulting debates in the state legislature, the disarming of southern Delawarean Home Guards by Union troops, and the importance of Fort Delaware.

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RG 9027.000 SCRAPBOOK

Contains newspaper and magazine clippings from 1863-1865. Most of these clippings deal with theological or literary topics of the time; some articles, however, do discuss political and military issues such as abolitionism, the war itself, and Lincoln’s assassination. Excellent social history material.

For the scrapbook of the Delaware Civil War Centennial Commission, see page 21.

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RG 9270.004 PAMPHLETS

Box labeled “Civil War, 1”

Civil War-era documents

-Prison Life During the Rebellion; being a Brief Narrative of the Miseries and Sufferings of Six Hundred Confederate Prisoners Sent from Fort Delaware to Morris’ Island to be Punished, by Fritz Fuzzlebug, one of their Number, 1869. (2 copies)

-Instructions to Mustering Officers and Others of Kindred Duties, 1863.

-Gettysburg Monuments of Delaware Soldiers, 1887. (2 copies)

Recent publications

-Current brochures for Fort Delaware

-Fort Delaware in the Civil War, by W. Emerson Wilson.

-Suggested Tour of Old Fort Delaware. (2 copies)

-Copy of sketch of Fort Delaware, 1864.

-Excerpts Pertaining to Fort Delaware from the War Journal of Robert James Coffey, Co. G, 202 Reg. Penna. Vols., 1862-1865.

-Fort Delaware Newsletter, 3 issues, 1987-1988.

-Fort Delaware, by W. Emerson Wilson, 1957. (4 copies)

-The Story of Fort Delaware.

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-Mlotkowski Memorial Room, Fort Delaware-Pea Patch Island.

-To Those Who Wore the Gray (Listings of Confederate soldiers who died at Fort Delaware), 1960. (2 copies)

-Delaware in the Civil War, ed. by W. Emerson Wilson, 1964. (4 copies)

-Delaware at Antietam; The 2nd and 3rd Delaware Volunteers, 1964. (2 copies)

-Final Report of the Civil War Centennial Commission of the State of Delaware, 1966. (2 copies)

-The Thirteenth Amendment and the Emancipation Proclamation, by Justin G. Turner, 1971.

-The Civil War Diaries of Anna M. Ferris, ed. by Harold B. Hancock, 1961.

-A Roster of Confederate Soldiers Buried in Stonewall Cemetery, Winchester, Virginia, prepared by Lucy Fitzhugh Kurtz and Benny Ritter, 1962.

-Pennsylvania and the Civil War: A Handbook, by Sanford W. Higginbotham, William A. Hunter, and Donald H. Kent, 1961.

-97th Annual Memorial Day Exercises, Antietam National Cemetery, 1964.

-Antietam National Battlefield Site. (2 copies)

-Dedication of Monument to Georgia Confederate Dead on Vicksburg National Military Park, 1962.

-Corbit’s Charge: Dedication of Historical Marker Commemorating Captain Charles Corbit’s Charge at Westminister, Md., 1963. (2 copies)

-Gettysburg, by Robert Bruce, 1920.

-A Bibliography of the American Civil War. (2 copies)

-Wash Roebling’s War: Being a selection from the unpublished Civil War letters of Washington Augustus Roebling, ed. by Earl Schenck Miers, 1961.

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-Delaware’s Forgotten Regiment: Ninth Delaware Volunteer Infantry Regiment, by Larry Lawson Layton, 1974.

-The Capture of Jefferson Davis, by David Rankin Barbee, 1947.

-The Story of the Monitor and the Merrimac, by Rev. Samuel C. Bushnell.

-Fort Delaware Notes, 14 issues, 1977-1990.

-The Civil War Round Table of Kent County Bulletin, 12 bulletins, 1961-1964.

-“Why Study the Civil War?” A lecture presented by Dr. Robert L. Bloom, 1960.

-“Lt. Samuel Boyer Davis,” by Ruthanna Hindes.

-“Civil War Times Illustrated,” June 1960, January 1963.

-“The Civil War Record of the Four Carey Brothers of Indian River Hundred who Served in Co. E, 1st Del. Infantry Vols.” 1960.

-“Grape and Canister,” newsletter of the Civil War Roundtable of Wilmington, 1980-current.

Box labeled “Civil War 2”

-The Origins of the Land-Grant Colleges and State Universities, by Allan Nevins, 1962.

-Delaware Stays in the Union, by John S. Spruance, 1955.

-Confederate Prisoners of War at Fort Delaware, by Nancy Travis Keen, 1968.

-Steps in a Journey Toward Understanding: Activities of the New Jersey Civil War Centennial Commission in 1961 at Trenton, Charleston, and Salem Church, by L. Ethan Ellis, 1961.

-Second Annual American History Workshop, presented by the New Jersey Civil War Centennial Commission, 1962.

-Massachusetts in the Civil War, vol. III: A Year of Crisis 1862-1863, 1962.

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-Connecticut Physicians in the Civil War, by Stanley B. Weld, 1965.

-Civil War and Ante-Bellum History in Mississippi.

-Ohio’s Civil War Governors, by Richard H. Abbott, 1962.

-Civil War Naval Chronology 1861-1865 (Part III-1863), published by the Naval History Division, Navy Department.

-Civil War Centennial, 1961-65: Report 1962, by the Virginia Civil War Commission.

-Newsletter, published by the North Carolina Confederate Centennial Commission, 2 issues, Oct.-Dec. 1962.

-“New York State and the Civil War,” five issues, 1962-1963.

-“The Civil War and Reconstruction: A Current Affairs Publication of the New York Times Office of Educational Activities,’ Jan. 1961.

-Invitation to the Stonewall Jackson Dinner held by the Virginia Civil War Commission, 1963.

-“Grant’s March Through Louisiana: A Tour,” published by the Louisiana Civil War Centennial Commission.

-Copies of the “Valley News Echo,” six issues, Nov. 1862-June 1863.

-“Centennial News Letter,” published by the Virginia Civil War Commission, eight issues, Oct. 1962-May 1963.

-“Bay State Bugle,” published by the Massachusetts Civil War Centennial Commission, seven issues, Oct. 1962-April 1963.

-“Battle Lines,” published by the Atlanta Civil War Round Table Inc., four issues, Sept. 1962-April 1963.

-“100 Years After,” published by the Civil War Centennial Commission, seven issues, Nov. 1962-May 1963.

-News releases from the Gettysburg Centennial Commission.

-Correspondence and single-issue bulletins from various states’ Civil War Commissions.

Fredericksburg History & Biography, 2006. Includes “Opening the Gates of Hell: A Unionist Family on the Spotsylvania Court House Battlefield,” based on a letter in the Delaware Republican from a former Delaware resident.

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RG 1325.008 NEWSPAPER CLIPPINGS***

-“Civil War Graves in Alapocas?” News-Journal, April 9, 1990. Discusses the controversy over possible Confederate graves in Alapocas.

-“Dover chaplain served throughout Civil War,” The Airlifter, April 6, 1989. Part of series on history of military chaplaincy; discusses Rev. Thomas Grier Murphey of Dover.

-“125th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg,” News-Journal, May 22, 1988. Highlights Delaware’s role at Gettysburg; article includes two sidebar articles, “Research casts shadow on native son’s ware deeds,” and “On both sides, Delawareans had roles in outcome.”

-“F. B. I. Recovers Civil War documents,” News-Journal, Aug. 18, 1987. The FBI arrests man accused of stealing Civil War letters from the National Archives.

-“Civil War era inspires Milford Native,” State News, May 21, 1987. Article on Civil War re-enactor Marvin Schelhouse.

-“Reliving an era through Letters,” News-Journal, Oct. 22, 1986. Editorial discussing the 1886 purchase by the Historical Society of Delaware of Civil War letters written by James A. Bayard Jr.

-“Local Civil War photos are rare,” News-Journal, Dec. 15, 1985. Advice column to reader interested in obtaining photo of grandfather’s unit.

-“Civil War facts found in Volume,” News-Journal, May 15, 1985. Advice column to reader trying to track down information on grandfather in Civil War. Author recommends consulting the 128-volume War of the Rebellion: Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies in the War Museum and Library in Philadelphia.

-“Civil War Society has full schedule,” News-Journal, July 29, 1984. Advice column to reader interested in Delaware Historical Re-enactment Society.

-“Civil War Mysteries,” News-Journal, May 6, 1984. Same column recommends War of the Rebellion.

-“Lockwood tells of Gettysburg Battle; Assures Wife of Boundless Love,” State News, July 3, 1963. Text of three letters written from Lockwood to his wife in 1863.

-“A Child’s Civil War letter and Camden subversion,” State News, April 4, 1963. Story about a letter from nine-year-old James Booth Lockwood to his father Brig. Gen. Henry Hayes Lockwood; includes copy of part of the letter.

-“Kent County Views of the Civil War,” State News, Sept. 14, 1961. Kent County’s reaction to the outbreak of the Civil War, especially the views of Manlove Hayes, Henry Hayes Lockwood, and George P. Fisher.

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-“Civil War General is Killed by Pear Tree Fall,” State News, Aug. 31, 1961. Biographical sketch of Daniel Woodall.

-“Lockwood was General and Commodore,” State News, June 7, 1961. Biographical article on Henry Hayes Lockwood.

-“Kent County and the First Civil War Regiment,” State News, Dec. 1, 1960. Article on the 3-months’ men of the 1st Reg.

-“One Military Man Honors Another,” Delaware State News, date unknown. Article on David E. Lilly, who portrays Civil War chaplain Rev. Thomas G. Murphey.

***For many other newspaper clippings, see the scrapbook of the Delaware Civil War Centennial Commission, p. 21.

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RG 9026.001 PRINTS AND ENGRAVINGS

Folder entitled “Soldiers’ Memorials and Company Posters,” includes:

--Lithograph of Soldiers’ Memorial, Co. B, 4th Delaware Regiment

--Lithograph of Soldiers’ Memorial, Co. F, 1st Delaware Veteran Vols.

--Lithograph of Soldiers’ Memorial, Co. A, 1st Batt., Del. Vol. Cavalry

--Lithograph of Soldiers’ Memorial, Co. I, 3rd Delaware Regiment

--Lithograph of data about the Army of the Potomac; includes certificate of service in the Army of the Potomac by John W. Dyer, Co. I, 3rd Delaware.

Folder entitled “Discharges, reprinted on posters within monument design,” includes just such documents for:

--Gilley K. Swain, Co. I, 6th Delaware, and Co. F, 9th Delaware.

--John W. Dyer, Co. I, 3rd Delaware

--Warren Harrington, Co. C, 1st Delaware

--William Castelow, 9th Delaware

--Samuel Roberts, 59th Penna. Vols., 2nd Cavalry

--Capt. Evan S. Watson, Post #5, G. A. R.

--James Maull, 45th Regiment, U. S. C. T., Infantry Volunteers

Folder entitled “Fort Delaware Society” contains three mounted lithographs of Civil War battles: “Battle of Bull Run,” “Storming Fort Wagner,” “Capture of Fort Fisher.”

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Folder entitled “Miscellaneous” includes:

--Etching of General U. S. Grant

--Poster, “Loyalty, Fraternity, Charity: The Three Cardinal Principles of the Grand Army of the Republic.”

--Certificate: “The President’s Thanks and Certificate of Honorable Service” to Private Taylor Allee, 139th regiment Indiana Vols. Infantry, 1864.

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DELAWARE CIVIL WAR CENTENNIAL COMMISSION

RG 1330.028 Commission Scrapbook

This scrapbook contains hundreds of newspaper clippings from 1961-1965. The articles, mostly from the Wilmington Morning-News and the Evening Journal, deal with all aspects of the Commission and the Centennial celebration, as well as columns, editorials, and articles on the War itself. The scrapbook includes many of the historical columns by W. Emerson Wilson, as well as the series of commemorative articles on major campaigns and events of the War.

RG 1330.018 Commission Administrative Records, 1958-1965

Five boxes hold the administrative records of the Commission itself. These records include, but are not limited to, member correspondence, publications, Commission minutes, and background material.

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RG 0760.000.001 DIRECT TAX REFUND RECORDS

These records consist of the manuscript records of individual claims for refunds of 1861 federal tax. Each records shows the name of claimant, district number, and amount of tax refund due. Records also include signature of claimant, date of certification of claim and signature of refunding tax commissioner.

These records are in ten boxes:

--District 4, New Castle County; District 10, Milford

--Districts 2, 4, 5, 9, New Castle County

--Districts 4, 6, 8, New Castle County

--Districts 9, 12, Kent and Sussex Counties

--Districts 12, 13, 14, Georgetown

--Districts 10, 14

--Districts 2, 3, Wilmington, New Castle County

--Districts, 2, 3, Wilmington, New Castle County

--Districts 2, 5, 6, 7, New Castle County

--Districts 7, 9

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BIBLIOGRAPHY

(***This is a listing of Civil War-related books & or CD-ROMs in the Research Room)

Curry, Richard O., ed. Radicalism, Racism, and Party Realignment: The Border States During Reconstruction. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1969.

Du Pont, H. A. The Campaign of 1864 in the Valley of Virginia and the Expedition to Lynchburg. New York: National Americana Society, 1925.

Du Pont, Sophie Madeleine, comp. Official Dispatches and Letters of Rear Admiral Du Pont, U.S.N. 1846-1848, and 1861-1863.

Dyer, Frederick Henry. A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion. New York: T. Yoseloff, [1959]; reprint, Dayton, Ohio: Morningside Press, 1994.

Hancock, Harold B. Delaware During the Civil War: A Political History. Wilmington: Historical Society of Delaware, 1961.

Hayes, John D., ed. Samuel Francis Du Pont, A Selection from his Civil War Letters. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1969.

Jones, James Pickett. Yankee Blitzkrieg: Wilson’s Raid Through Alabama and Georgia. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1976.

Marshall, John A. American Bastille: A History of the Illegal Arrests and Imprisonment if American Citizens in the Northern and Border States, on Account of their Political Opinions, During the Late Civil War. Philadelphia: Thomas W. Hartley, 1883.

McCauley, J. Michele. Never Judge a State by its Size. Hockessin: typescript, 1982.

Munden, Kenneth White. Guide to Federal Archives Relating to the Civil War. Washington, D.C.: National Archives, 1962.

Murphey, Rev. Thomas G. Four Years in the War: The History of the 1st Regiment of Delaware Veteran Volunteers.

Report of the Joint Committee to Mark the Positions Occupied by the 1st and 2nd Delaware Regiments at the Battle of Gettysburg, July 2nd and 3rd, 1863. Dover: by the Committee, 1887.

Robertson, James D. The Civil War. Washington, D. C.: United States Civil War Centennial Commission, 1963.

Saulsbury, Willard. Report of the Committee of the General Assembly of the State of Delaware…in regard to the Interference by U. S. Troops with General Election held in the State on the Fourth Day of November, 1862. Dover: James Kirk, 1863.

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Scharf, J. Thomas. History of Delaware, 1609-1888, p. 329-375. Philadelphia: L. J. Richards & Co., 1888.

***includes appendix: “Roster of Delaware Volunteers in the War of the Rebellion,”

p. 611 (i-xxxiii).***

Seville, William P. History of the First Regiment Delaware Volunteers. Wilmington: The Historical Society of Delaware, 1884.

Smith, R. G. A Brief Account of the Services Rendered by the 2nd Regiment Delaware Volunteers in the War of the Rebellion. Wilmington: The Historical Society of Delaware, 1909.

Spruance, John S. Delaware Stays in the Union: The Civil War Period, 1860-1865. Newark: The University of Delaware Press, 1955.

Townsend, G. A. General Alfred T. A. Torbert Memorial.

Wales, L. E. Life, Character, and Services of Dr. John Patten Wales.

War of the Rebellion: Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies. Washington: 1880-1901, reprinted Harrisburg, 1971 and 1985. CD-ROM

Wilkinson, Norman B. The Brandywine Home Front During the Civil War, 1861-1865. Wilmington: Kaumagraph Co., 1966.

Wilson, James Harrison. Life and Services of William Farrar Smith, Maj. Gen., U. S. Vols. in the Civil War. Wilmington: John M. Rogers Press, 1904.

--. Under the Old Flag: Recollections of Military Operations in the War for the Union, … New York: D. Appleton and Co., 1912.

Wilson, W. Emerson, ed. Delaware in the Civil War. Dover: Civil War Centennial Commission, 1964.

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{Trailer note]: Another web site of interest to Civil War students

http://www.cr.nps.gov/history/catsig/milcivil.htm


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