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The Civil War in Delaware

"My state having been the first to adopt the Constitution, will be the last to countenance any act calculated to lead to a separation of the state and of the glorious Union."

Willard Saulsbury - December 30, 1860

The Civil War tore Delaware apart just as the United States of America as a whole was torn asunder. Geographically and philosophically, the second smallest state found itself caught up in the hostile debate that pitted north against south, abolitionist against slaveholder, and nationalist against states-rights advocate.

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