Cyrus spent most of October in camp at Bolivar Heights near Harper’s Ferry, West Virginia, along with nearly 15,000 other soldiers from the 2nd Corps of the Army of the Potomac. During this time, they regrouped after the Battle of Antietam and also built extensive earthworks along the top of the ridge at Bolivar Heights, trying to make it more defensible.
During this time, the Delaware Relief and Aid Society gathered packages to distribute to the soldiers from the First, Second and Third Delaware Regiments, and other soldiers in need. They solicited these packages with the following notice in the Delaware State Journal and Statesman:
Notice to the Families and Friends of Soldiers.
By direction of the Delaware Relief and Aid Society, Mr. James Bradford will leave for the Camp at Bolivar Heights at Harper’s Ferry, this Tuesday evening, October 14th. Any person wishing to send package of any kind to their friends in any of the three Delaware Regiments, 1st, 2d, or 3d, can have it taken direct to them. – Eatables, Jellies and Jamaica Ginger is most needed. Weight of package from 6 to 7 lbs. put up in small box, and marked to the person intended for. Would suggest that each person, so sending, would put up two small boxes, one extra of the one for their friend, and not mark it, then it can be handed to some poor soldier whose family or friends we cannot let know, they not living within reach of this notice. All packages must be delivered at the Institute, corner of Eighth and Market, by 3 o’clock this afternoon, so they can be packed in large boxes for shipment.
Sources: Delaware State Journal and Statesman, October 14, 1862, National Park Service Harper’s Ferry – Bolivar Heights website.