Fort Delaware

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Fort Delaware

Author: Laura M. Lee, Brendan Mackie
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
Copyright: 2010
Pages: 128
Cover Price: $ 21.99

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Located on Pea Patch Island, less than a mile offshore from Delaware City, Delaware, Fort Delaware was erected to defend local ports from enemy attack but never received or fired a shot in anger. The first earthen-work version, constructed during the War of 1812, was followed by a second 1820s plan incorporating a masonry star design with a network of drainage ditches. Engineering issues and a low-lying site doomed the structure; in 1831, it was irreparably damaged by fire. A new plan created a more substantial fortification still standing to this day.

Fort Delaware evolved into a well-established community that transformed from protector to notorious Civil War prison camp. Most widely known as a prison, it subsequently served in lesser roles through three more conflicts.

Images of America: Fort Delaware unifies an amazing pictorial record of Fort Delaware's historical timeline. The story is not only of active duty but its rescue from abandonment and subsequent successful preservation work.

Background Information

Delaware is a small state on the Atlantic seaboard, one of the original thirteen colonies whose location off the main transportation routes has limited its importance. Sometimes called the second American war for independence, the War of 1812 was the last battle against foreign troops on American soil. American Civil War lasted from the bombardment of Fort Sumter in 1861 to the surrender of the Confederacy in 1865.