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This Month in Delaware History

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In early March of 1888, the first electric street car in Delaware was put into operation. It ran through the heart of Wilmington, Delaware along Market Street between 4th and 10th Streets, where it connected to horse drawn cars.

Delaware’s First Trolley at 10th and Market Streets, 1888. DHS Collection RAI44

Image: Delaware’s First Trolley
at 10th and Market Streets, 1888.
DHS Collection RAI44



Object of the Month

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Captured Confederate Flag

This month’s special feature takes us back to the early days of the Civil War and spot-lights a captured Confederate flag presented to the city of Wilmington in 1862 by Union Flag Officer, Samuel Francis Du Pont (1803-1865).  Du Pont had first enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1815 and had already had a successful naval career when he returned to active duty at the outbreak of the Civil War. He was appointed Commander of the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron in 1861, and his web of operations to strangle Confederate trade and troop movements along the coast from Virginia to Florida resulted in the capture of this flag. Read more.




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