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Southern Heritage <br>News and Views: First Ever Monument to Delaware Confederate Soldiers Unveiling May 12th in Georgetown

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

First Ever Monument to Delaware Confederate Soldiers Unveiling May 12th in Georgetown

The “Delaware Grays” SCV Camp #2068 will be unveiling the state’s first-ever historical monument honoring Delaware’s citizens and soldiers who supported and enlisted in Southern armies during the “War Between the States” period of 1861 to 1865 on Saturday May 12th (rain-date is May 13th), on the grounds of the Nutter B. Marvel Museum, South Bedford Street, Georgetown, Delaware.

The unveiling is planned for Saturday May 12, 2007, with the grounds opening at 12 noon, and ceremonies taking place at the monument at 1pm. Admission is free to the general public. There will be speeches commemorating the event, a 21 gun salute, cannon salutes, a wreath laying ceremony, and descendants of several of the soldiers on hand to witness the event. Following the event there will be refreshments as well as re-enactors walking the grounds.

Delaware, a border state during the war, never left the Union, but it is estimated up to as many as 2,000 of her native sons joined Southern armies. There are monuments honoring those who joined the Federal armies, at Gettysburg and Antietam Battlefields as well as other places, but none – until now – recognizing the sacrifices of Delawareans who supported the Cause of independence and efforts of the Confederate States between 1861-1865.

Names of many Delaware’s Confederate soldiers will be included on this monument and more added as on-going scholarship reveals more of their identities. Anyone with names of possible Delaware Confederate soldiers is asked to contact the Monument Committee through the “Delaware Grays” website at

If you or your group is interested in presenting a wreath during this event, contact the Monument Committee through the Delaware Grays website at and click on the Monument Committee link.

The “Delaware Grays”, SCV Camp #2068, based in Seaford, Delaware, is a non-profit, non-political, non-racial, patriotic community organization whose members are descendents of Confederate veterans who served honorably during the “War Between the States”. Interested persons can find out more by visiting The non-profit Nutter B. Marvel Museum is located at 510 South Bedford Street, off Rt. 113 and just down from the inspection lane in Georgetown, Delaware. The museum includes a collection of historic buildings and horse drawn carriages as well as thousands of historical photographs, newspaper clippings, books and other memorabilia about Georgetown, Sussex County, and Delaware.


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