February 22, 1863: Washington’s Birthday Salute
Heavy snow storm. a salute fired in honor of Washington’s birthday, but not much rejoicing on account of the weather.
See the scanned diary page.
A letter to the editor of Wilmington’s Delaware State Journal and Statesman dated February 27, 1863, described the salute in honor of George Washington’s birthday:
At noon, whilst the storm was at its height, the roar of artillery was heard. At first it was remote and then it sounded in our vicinity, until every battery on the field opened. We instantaneously thought what an unfavorable day for a fight, but we soon learned that the firing was in honor of Washington’s birthday. This was the more appropriate since his birth place is but a short distance from us, and the remains of his mother are interred near the city just opposite.