Thursday, May 17, 2012

Henry A. DuPont's account of the Battle of New Market from 1864!

Digitally archived in the Hagley Museum Library catalog. This is a pretty cool find.  It's a book he wrote about his action at the Battle of New Market.

The Battle of New Market, Virginia, May 15, 1864 :: Civil War Collection

Henry Algernon DuPont was a 1st Lieutenant in General Philip Sheridan's command of the Union Army who saw a lot of action in the Shenandoah Valley campaign.  He was revered as a local hero for receiving the Medal of Honor in the battle of Cedar Creek. He was born 1838 in Wilmington, Delaware and grew up in the Eleutherean Mills at Hagley on the Brandywine.  He served in the US Army from 1861 to 1875, and later was elected to United States Senate.

He most likely went into battle using his own gunpowder which his family produced at Hagley.

Full text of his accomplishments can be found here.

Henry DuPont's Wikipedia page

Other Civil War Resources in Hagley's collection pertaining to this battle:

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