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March 27, 1862: Arrived at Junction Near Wilmington

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Diary Entry:
Leave yesterdays camp this morning before sunrise and at 11 1/2 O’clock arrive at Salisbury [Maryland]. The road to day was alternately sandy and muddy. we marched 12 miles to day.

Take the cars at 2 O’clock P.M. and at 9 arrive at junction near Wilmington. Remain there near two hours, waiting for an Engine. One had been provided for us, but just before our arrival its boiler burst, and another had to be obtained.

See the scanned diary page and a map of Cyrus’ progress through the war.

More information:

The April 1, 1862 edition of the Delaware State Journal and Statesman newspaper reported on the train delay at the railroad junction near Wilmington. The delay provided an opportunity for family and friends to say hello to the soldiers:

SECOND DELAWARE REGIMENT.—The Second Delaware Regiment left Drummondtown, Va., on Wednesday last, and arrived at Baltimore on Friday morning. During Thursday, a large number of persons from this city—male and female—having friends in the regiment, repaired to the Junction of the Delaware and Philadelphia, Wilmington and Baltimore Railroad, to await the train containing the soldiers. It arrived between nine and ten o’clock, and remained about an hour, during which time greetings and farewells were exchanged. It is said that they are destined for Fort Henry, Tenn.

It should be noted that the Second Delaware was actually headed for Camp Andrew in Baltimore and not Fort Henry, Tennessee, as the newspaper suggested.

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