To better serve our researchers, the Delaware Historical Society Research Library will be closed from Tuesday, January 3-Friday, March 3, 2017 for reorganization. While staff will be unable to accept online research requests during this period, researchers will still be able to access our online catalog, Ask CaesarFor your convenience, the library will remain open at the following times:

Mondays- 11:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.
Saturday, January 21, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.   |   Saturday, February 18, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Thank you for your patience and continued interest in the Delaware Historical Society.  Our library staff looks forward to serving you when we resume normal operating hours on Monday, March 6, 2017.

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This Month in Delaware History

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Excerpt from the January 8, 1861 “Delaware Gazette” Newspaper. DHS Periodical Collection.

In early January of 1861, Delaware legislators politely declined an invitation from Mississippi Commissioner Henry Dickinson to join the Southern Confederacy. The primary reason given by the legislators for refusal concerned talk of secession from the Union in response to national difficulties, which Delaware found completely unacceptable.

 

 


Object of the Month

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Our object of the month for January, 2017 is a journal recorded by Edward Bringhurst Jr., part of the Webb Family Papers at the Delaware Historical Society.  The bulk of the papers document the experiences of Richard Henry Webb, who fought for the Fourth Regiment Delaware Volunteer Infantry in the Civil War and died at Cold Harbor on June 2, 1864.

Webb was buried on the battlefield, and his brother-in-law, Edward Bringhurst Jr., traveled south after the war to recover his body and bring it back to Wilmington for burial.  In May of 1865, a year after R.H. Webb died, Bringhurst recorded this experience in a small, leather bound journal (cover shown). Read and view more!

 

 

 
 

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