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Ft. Delaware September 2017

Discussion in 'Contemporary Photos of Civil War Sites & Events' started by 8thFlorida, Oct 8, 2017.

  1. 8thFlorida

    8thFlorida Sergeant

    Nov 27, 2016
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    My brother and I recently visited Ft. Delaware where some of our ancestors were held after the Battle of Gettysburg. Some of the units held here were the 26th GA and the 8th FL. Many Federal guards as well as thousands of Confederates died of disease here and were originally buried on the island- Pea Patch Island. However, the legend is that the bodies resurfaced and then had to be buried at Finn's Point in New Jersey. The barracks for prisoners that you can see were built off to the side of the fort and consisted of three tiers of bunks. There was not enough room inside Ft. Delaware to hold all of the prisoners and there were only several hundred guards compared to thousands of Confederate prisoners. 2017-09-16 15.42.23.jpg [A 2017-09-16 15.37.35.jpg 2017-09-16 15.45.02 HDR.jpg 2017-09-16 15.46.23.jpg
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  3. mofederal

    mofederal Captain

    Jun 27, 2017
    Southeast Missouri
    Some great photos, thank you for posting them.
  4. 8thFlorida

    8thFlorida Sergeant

    Nov 27, 2016
    You're welcome @mofederal

    This was one of those historical sites that is definitely worth the visit. Glad you liked the pics.
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  5. Crazy Delawares

    Crazy Delawares Sergeant

    Sep 16, 2008
    South Jersey
    Every year on the second weekend of May our Sons of Union Veterans camp, Col. Louis R. Francine, Camp #7, holds a memorial service in conjunction with the Poole Camp of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. It is a highlight of our year and is ALWAYS a pleasure honoring the Confederate soldiers buried at Finn's Point as well as the guards who died there.
    Thanks you for the pics! Fort Delaware is an AWESOME place to visit! Finn's Point too!
  6. unionblue

    unionblue Brev. Brig. Gen'l Member of the Year

    Feb 20, 2005
    Ocala, FL (as of December, 2015).

    My Great-great-grandfather, Jacob Lee Hambleton, was a private with Company G, 19th Virginia Infantry Regiment (The Nelson County Grays) with the Army of Northern Virginia, part of Garnett's Brigade during Picket's Charge.

    He was captured at the stone wall at the Angle and sent to Ft. Delaware on July 7, 1863. He ended up taking the Oath of Allegiance on June 20, 1865, at Ft. Delaware and was released. He returned home to Nelson County, Virginia, where he lived until his death on July 27, 1927.

    Always wanted to visit Ft. Delaware to see where he was kept prisoner.

    Thanks for the preview.

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  7. 8thFlorida

    8thFlorida Sergeant

    Nov 27, 2016
    I look forward to joining you in 2018. I have to put this on my schedule.
  8. 8thFlorida

    8thFlorida Sergeant

    Nov 27, 2016
    That is amazing he survived. So many interesting stories were told about this prison. One of the Florida soldiers actually was thought to have escaped on ice skates as he was getting a lesson from the guards.
  9. east tennessee roots

    east tennessee roots Captain

    Dec 31, 2010
    Kingsport, Tennessee
    Thanks for the great photos. I had two east Tennessee relatives, captured at Black River Bridge in Mississippi, they died at Fort Delaware. They're buried at the National Cemetery, Finn's Point, Salem, NJ.
  10. 8thFlorida

    8thFlorida Sergeant

    Nov 27, 2016
    Your story of your relatives is interesting. Any more details? I'm glad you liked the modern pics. Mine are also buried at Finn's Point.
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  11. east tennessee roots

    east tennessee roots Captain

    Dec 31, 2010
    Kingsport, Tennessee
    Thanks !

    A 4 x great granduncle :

    Private Harvey Gray Company E 60th Tennessee Infantry, Vaughn's Brigade.

    Enlisted Sept.25, 1862 at Fordtown, Tn Mustered Nov.7,1862 at Haynesville, ( present-day Johnson City ) Captured May 17,1863 at " Black River Bridge " Received at Ft. Delaware June 15, 1863. Died in the hospital there June 20, 1863. Buried: Finns Point National Cemetery , Salem, NJ.

    A 3 x great granduncle :

    Private John Martin Van Buren Copass Company E 60th Tennessee Infantry.

    Listed as a POW 5/17/1863 Big Black River, MS * Confined 5/25/1863 Fort Delaware, DE (Estimated day) POW on 10/4/1863 at Fort Delaware, DE. Buried: Finns Point National Cemetery , Salem, NJ. John ( or Van) as he was known, had another brother named Richard, his 3rd Lieutenant, also captured. he died at Johnson's Island. Another brother was surrendered and paroled when Vicksburg fell. He survived the war.
  12. CHarris

    CHarris Cadet

    Mar 17, 2017
    I never knew I had relatives at Ft. Delaware until my cousin asked if I knew of any of any. He had heard there was one. Turned out to be 2. My GG Grandfather David Dell Lunsford and his brother Michael Lunsford both with the 29th N.C. inf. David was exchanged in late 1864 and Michael was paroled in 1865 after the surrender.
  13. Crazy Delawares

    Crazy Delawares Sergeant

    Sep 16, 2008
    South Jersey
    I shall see you there Florida!!!:dog:
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  14. east tennessee roots

    east tennessee roots Captain

    Dec 31, 2010
    Kingsport, Tennessee
    Welcome . I see where they were both captured in February, 1864. So I'm guessing they both fought at Murfreesboro (or Stone's River).

    Stone's River after battle report:


    Report of Col. Robert B. Vance, Twenty-ninth North Carolina
    Infantry, commanding regiment and Second Brigade.

    -- --, [1863.]
    [The following is a] report [of the operations of the]
    Twenty-ninth North Carolina Regt. in [the] fight near
    Murfreesborough, December 31, 1862:

    On the morning of December 31, the regiment, under my command,
    took its place in the line of battle on the left, of the brigade (Rains'),
    which was the extreme left of Gen. McCown's division. Ten minutes
    after forming, the order to advance was given, which was done in good
    order until a lane half a mile from the point of starting was reached,
    when the enemy's pickets were encountered, and a short but brisk
    firing commenced, without, however, retarding the progress of the
    command for one moment. The pickets fell back behind the cover of a
    field battery of one brass piece (12-pounder howitzers), which the men,
    sweeping on, took before it could be got into position to open fire. Four
    of the gunners were captured at their guns, besides some other of the
    enemy's vedettes, who were run down by our men in the chase, which
    had now extended to 2 1/2 miles. Not stopping at this gun longer than
    to send the prisoners to the rear, the regiment again pushed on (in its
    designated place in the brigade) for, perhaps, 2 miles farther, capturing
    meantime one six-mule team and wagon, loaded with ammunition,
    instruments of a brass band, kettle and bass drum, and one four-mule
    wagon, loaded with medical stores. Soon after, in passing through a
    dense oak wood, a battalion of the enemy's sharpshooters were
    discovered lying on the ground some 50 paces in advance. They fired
    one volley into us, which, being promptly returned, they retired rapidly
    across a corn-field and into a thicket of cedars, where the enemy were
    posted in strong force. This thicket of cedars was so dense that it
    formed in itself a natural breastworks and protection to the enemy
    posted therein. Halting the regiment but a moment for the stragglers to
    close up, the command was given to drive them out, and the men
    commenced promptly to advance. Here the struggle of the day took
    place. The enemy, sheltering themselves behind the trunks of the thickly
    standing trees and the large rocks, of which there were many,
    stubbornly contested the ground inch by inch. Our brave boys, cheered
    on and led by their field, staff, and company officers, advanced through
    a very tempest of leaden hail and drove them pell-mell from the thicket
    into an open field beyond. Here the enemy's batteries, on an eminence
    half mile beyond, began to play upon us. The men stood to their places
    amid this storm of shot and shell and grape and canister until it was
    ascertained that their ammunition was exhausted. Just at this moment,
    too, Gen. Rains was seen to fall, and the news, running like wild-fire
    along the whole line, produced a temporary confusion, which induced
    the senior colonel of the brigade to order the command to fall back both
    to get ammunition and to shelter themselves from the enemy's batteries,
    against which they could do nothing.

    During the engagement my horse was killed and Adjutant [John E.]
    Hoye's shot under him.

    The regiment entered the fight with 300 men, but, from the
    long-continued chase, at least 50 fell out and were not in the fight in the
    cedars. We had 5 men killed, 46 wounded, and 5 missing, making a
    total of 56.

    Some of the officers and men deserve especial mention for their daring,
    gallantry, and good conduct upon the field, while all engaged did their

    Respectfully submitted.

    Col., Cmdg. Twenty-ninth North Carolina Regt.

    Maj. [H. S.] BRADFORD,
    Assistant Adjutant-Gen.

    HDQRS. SECOND BRIGADE, Shelbyville, Tenn., January 10, 1863.
    SIR: I have the honor to submit my report of the part taken in the battle
    of Murfreesborough on the 31st ultimo by the Second Brigade,
    McCown's division.

    On the morning of the 31st, the brigade was formed in line at
    day-break, the Twenty-ninth North Carolina Regt. having just
    arrived from McMinnville, Tenn. The command "forward" was soon
    given, and the whole command promptly sprang forward, soon taking
    the double-quick, which was kept, under the direction of Gen. Rains
    (who gallantly led his troops forward), until arriving at a range, where
    we encountered the enemy's pickets, who fired upon us and fled. One
    man in the Twenty-ninth North Carolina was killed in the first fire.
    Crossing the fences, the double-quick was taken again, the enemy's
    skirmishers continuing to retreat rapidly before our shouting and
    triumphant troops. The charge was continued for about the distance of
    3 miles, when the command was halted, the flank resting on a creek.
    Here the stragglers were gathered up and the brigade reformed.

    During the charge the Twenty-ninth North Carolina Regt. captured
    one 12-pounder howitzers, one six-horse wagon laden with ammunition,
    and one medical wagon, while the gunners were driven from a battery
    on the right of Col. Stovall, Third Georgia, and the pieces sent to the
    rear. The charge was so rapid that time was not afforded to ascertain the
    number of pieces thus sent back, as the command was not halted for a

    After resting for a short time, the command was moved some distance
    by the right flank, then moved by the front through several fields into
    a grove of oaks.

    At this point the brigade was changed somewhat. Col. Stovall, Third
    Georgia [Battalion], was placed on right; Maj. [J. T.] Smith, Ninth
    Georgia, next; then Col. Vance, Twenty-ninth North Carolina,
    leaving Col. [G. W.] Gordon, Eleventh Tennessee, on left. In this
    manner we advanced, encountering the enemy in force in a few
    moments. He delivered one fire and fell back in confusion, our boys
    pushing on with enthusiasm, charging through the forest, and driving the
    enemy pell-mell before them. The enemy formed again on a slight
    elevation in our front, from which they were soon driven into a cedar
    thicket, and from thence finally into a large field under cover of their
    guns, a heavy battery of which opened on us at once with shell, grape,
    and canister, while the enemy's infantry rallied and opened fire from
    two or three heavy lines of battle. Here was the struggle for the day,
    and a hard one it was. Almost immediately after his hard contest began
    our gallant and noble brigadier-general (James E. Rains) was shot
    through the heart, falling dead from his horse. Still, the troops fought
    on, though the fall of so daring a leader necessarily produced
    considerable confusion. Owing to the dense cedar through which we
    were charging, the Third and Ninth Georgia Battalions got separated
    from the Twenty-ninth North Carolina and Eleventh Tennessee, on the
    extreme right. From the reports of Col. Stovall and Maj. Smith, I
    learn that these gallant commands were hotly engaged in front and on
    the right flank, being subjected to an enfilading fire. They drove the
    enemy from his position, and, finding the line falling back, joined it and
    reformed in the oak woods. They subsequently obtained position on the
    right of Gen. Johnson's brigade, and continued there until placed in
    the new line of battle near the cedar swamp, and were kept in line until
    Friday night, January 2, having occasional skirmishes wit the enemy in

    In the mean time the Twenty-ninth North Carolina and Eleventh
    Tennessee, after continuing the engagement for some time, found their
    ammunition exhausted, and accordingly retired to get supplied and to
    recover the line fully. Here again the Twenty-ninth [North Carolina] and
    Eleventh Tennessee became separated, as, through a mistake, the
    commands went to different points for ammunition. From
    [Lieut.]-Col. [William] Thedford's report (Col. Gordon
    having been wounded in the cedar thicket), I learn that after getting the
    cartridge-boxes filled they went in with Gen. Liddell's brigade and
    sustained heavy loss in a severe action, capturing several pieces, which
    they were compelled to abandon for want of support.

    The Twenty-ninth North Carolina also returned to the field, and were
    ordered to attack a brigade of the enemy which was trying to flank
    Gen. McNair. The command moved across the open field, being
    exposed to a raking fire from the enemy's battery near by; but meeting
    Gen. McNair's brigade coming out, the command was ordered to join
    it, which it did in the woods to the rear, where they were also joined by
    the Eleventh Tennessee.

    Receiving orders to obey the orders of Col. Harper, I joined my two
    regiments to Gen. McNair's brigade, and we were moved on the new
    line of battle, constituting Gen. McCown's right, on Gen.
    Cheatham's left. Here we lay in line of battle until Friday night, January
    2, occasionally skirmishing in front and constantly expecting the attack
    to be renewed.

    From the report of First Lieut. W. A. McDuffie, Eufaula Light Artillery,
    I learn that his battery was engaged with the enemy for an hour on
    December 30, and that he was the ordered to take position in front of
    his own (Second) brigade (he having been supporting Robertson's
    battery), but could not do so for want of ammunition, which was
    supplied during the night.

    On Wednesday (31st) he was ordered to the front, and took position
    near the Nolensville pike, but was not engaged; Second Lieut.
    [W. J.] McKenzie was ordered to take position with two pieces on the
    extreme left, with Gen. Buford. Here he was engaged on the 31st for
    two hours, co-operating with Gen. Wheeler's cavalry. The report
    speaks of the conduct of the men.

    From all that I saw, and have sine heard, of the conduct of the troops
    on the field, I fell that I cannot speak too highly of them. The ground
    charged over first and last was quite 5 miles, and the time occupied in
    the charge three and three-quarters hours.

    The field and staff officers of the different commands, and the brigade
    staff officers, behaved nobly, and have surely merited high favors at the
    hands of their country.

    It is perhaps unnecessary to speak further of Gen. Rains. His
    gallantry and daring exposure of himself was certainly not surpassed
    upon the field. Peace to his ashes.

    As coming under my own eye, I beg to mention Adjt. J. E. Hoey, of the
    Twenty-ninth North Carolina, who behaved with extraordinary courage
    upon the field, encouraging the men by word and deed.

    Several officers had their horses killed.

    For the casualties* of the command I refer you to report of killed,
    wounded, and missing.

    Respectfully submitted.

    Col., Cmdg. Second Brigade, Army of Tennessee.
    Maj. [H. S.] BRADFORD,
    Assistant Adjutant-Gen.

    Source: Official Records
    PAGE 938-29 KY., MID. AND E. TENN., N. ALA., AND SW. VA. [CHAP. XXXII.
    [Series I. Vol. 20. Part I, Reports. Serial No. 29.]

  15. 8thFlorida

    8thFlorida Sergeant

    Nov 27, 2016
    I have three more very good pictures to post here as well.
  16. 8thFlorida

    8thFlorida Sergeant

    Nov 27, 2016
    Here is another good shot of the Fort. 2017-09-16 15.47.07.jpg
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  17. 8thFlorida

    8thFlorida Sergeant

    Nov 27, 2016
    The bridge to Ft. Delaware and a distant shot of the replica barracks that housed Confederate prisoners. IMG_2104.JPG

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  18. kevikens

    kevikens 2nd Lieutenant

    Jun 7, 2013
    New Jersey
    About 25-30 years ago there was a reenactors' battle right in and around the fort. No civilian visitors that day, just the reenactors. What a blast that was actually defending an genuine Civil War fort.
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  19. 8thFlorida

    8thFlorida Sergeant

    Nov 27, 2016
    IMG_2151.JPG Finns Point Memorial
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  20. 7th Mississippi Infantry

    7th Mississippi Infantry Lt. Colonel Forum Host

    Sep 28, 2013
    Great photos !

    Thanks for taking us along on the tour. :thumbsup:
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  21. 8thFlorida

    8thFlorida Sergeant

    Nov 27, 2016
    It's such a unique site.

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