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On September 17, 1863, in the midst of the Civil War, the First and Second Delaware Regiments fought for the Union Army in Western Maryland. What was to be the deadliest event on U.S. soil, the Battle of Antietam, (named for a nearby creek), resulted in the deaths of 5,000 Union and Confederate soldiers. 19,000 more were wounded. The broadside below announces a funeral procession to be held in Wilmington, Delaware in honor of Captains Watson and Rickards, both killed at Antietam. They were interred at the Wilmington and Brandywine Cemetery. The original broadside may be seen in the Delaware Historical Society’s library.
Announcement of Funeral Procession.
Also this week in 1935, the Wilmington Deepwater Tunnel Company proposed a 10 million dollar engineering project to run a tunnel on the floor of the Delaware River to connect Delaware with New Jersey. The tunnel, if built, would have rested under the same stretch of water over which the Delaware Memorial Bridge now stands.
Photograph of Delaware River looking east.
Sesquicentennial - 2014! - 150th Calendar of Events!
Visit the links below to celebrate the Society's 150 years of saving & sharing Delaware History! New history is added daily.
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