Civil War

So Far from Home: From Fort Delaware to Finn’s Point

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Since there were so many commemorations of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War in April, I thought it would be interesting to take a look at the role Delaware played in the Civil War, the war with more casualties than any other American war.

On a sunny morning in April, my husband and I ventured mere inches* from the Delaware border, across the river in New Jersey, to visit a hidden National Cemetery that contains the remains of more than 2,000 Civil War dead — Finn’s Point National Cemetery, adjacent to Fort Mott State Park in Pennsville, New Jersey. Read the rest of this entry »


The colorful life and mundane death of Col. James Hemphill-Jones

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Since it’s the birthday of the Marine Corps, and the eve of Veterans Day, I thought the story of this interesting Delaware veteran would be appropriate.


Tucked away in the middle of Wilmington and Brandywine Cemetery is the grave of Marine hero and Delaware native Col. James Hemphill Jones. His life story — and the headstone marking his burial place — are pretty remarkable. Read the rest of this entry »