Civil War Profiles


Civil War Profiles: Letters from Vietnam

In the modern electronic age and with the inception of the Internet, the idea of taking pen in hand to write a letter to friends and loved ones has become a rare occurrence. In the mid-19th century, however, letter-writing was the only means of...

Thursday, January 10, 2013 - 11:02am

Civil War Profiles: African-American in the post-Civil War era: "Free at Last!"

In Readings in Delaware History, Carol E. Hoffecker described the attitude of white Delawareans towards the state’s black population during the latter half of the 19th century, “... Delaware did not abandon slavery until forced to do so by the...

Wednesday, November 7, 2012 - 11:47am

Civil War Profiles: Corbit’s Charge at Westminster: ‘an almost suicidal bravery’

Word reached Maj. Gen. Robert Schenck at his Union Eighth Corps headquarters in Baltimore that enemy cavalry under Maj. Gen. James Ewell Brown “Jeb” Stuart had crossed the Potomac River near Rockville, Md., and was headed northward toward...

Thursday, November 1, 2012 - 6:52am

Civil War Profiles: Historic Camden had its share of heroes

The mention of Piccadilly immediately brings to mind a famous street in London, England. Few would recognize it, however, as a small 18th century village in Delaware. Piccadilly — located some three miles south of Dover — was also known as...

Thursday, October 4, 2012 - 2:56am

Civil War Profiles: The Irish in Delaware during the Civil War era

The celebration of St. Patrick’s Day on March 17 is a time for reflection about Irish heritage in the United States, as well as here in the state of Delaware. The U.S. lays claim to some 60 million people of Irish descent – a figure 10 times the...

Wednesday, March 14, 2012 - 2:53pm

Civil War Profiles: Ocean View resident shares Civil War memorabilia

An email arrived recently in my inbox from Philip Johnson, stating that his father, C. Elwood “Doc” Johnson, who lives in Ocean View, had attended the 75th reunion of Battle of Gettysburg veterans back in 1938, as a teenager. In addition, Johnson...

Wednesday, February 22, 2012 - 3:36am

Civil War Profiles: Delaware's military units in the civil war

When civil war erupted in the United States in 1861, residents from the State of Delaware rushed to join military units. Since Delaware was politically affiliated with the North, most men entered the Union ranks. Delaware’s African-Americans also...

Wednesday, July 13, 2011 - 4:05pm

Civil War Profiles Delaware during the Civil War: A Southern, Northern or border state?

Bruce Catton’s “American Heritage History of the Civil War portrays the United States” as a divided country in 1861. Of the 34 states in existence at that time, 19 were free states in the North and West, and 15 were Southern slave states. The...

Thursday, June 9, 2011 - 4:07am

Civil War Profiles

Prior to the 1860 presidential election in the United States, the political parties held conventions to choose candidates.

When the Democrats met in Charleston, and later in Baltimore, they were unable to agree on a policy regarding...

Thursday, May 26, 2011 - 7:13am