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DELAWARE: A STATE DIVIDED

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Cast of "Delaware: A State Divided"
 
Left to right:  Tom Reed, John Benson, Fred Seyfert, Ron
Whittington, Kit Finch

George A. Townsend, the most famous Civil War journalist, was a Delaware native. Suppose Townsend came back to Delaware shortly after the assassination of President Lincoln to host a" talk show" featuring Delawareans who had an unique story to tell about their part in the Civil War. Delaware: A State Divided begins with the stories of Rev. Isaac Handy, a Presbyterian minister who was imprisoned in Fort Delaware for making disparaging remarks about the flag, and Ma. Ben Ricketts of the 2nd Delaware, a wounded officer dying of tuberculosis who was accused of cowardice before the Battle of Antietam. While these men relate their stories Mss Julia Jefferson of New Castle decides to speak out about her role as a care giver for wounded Confederate soldiers at Fort Delaware, and John Dunning of Mosby’s Rangers demands to tell the story of retaliatory hanging of Union soldiers in the Shenandoah Valley. Pvt. William Owen of the 54th Massachusetts, a free—born Black man who enlisted in the first regiment of African—Americans raised in the north, will close the program with the story of his life."Delaware: A State Divided "will appear as a one hour television production as soon as $10,000 in additional funds can be raised to meet an incentive matching grant from Longwood Foundation.

If you would like to engage this one hour program for your club, class or special event, or donate to match the Longwood Foundation Grant, call Tom Reed, 302-328-3511 or send an email to tjr0001@mail.widener.edu