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Delaware: Portrait in Time

Secret Sentry: The Confederate Prison on Pea Patch Island

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air date: Thursday June 30, 2005 

Fort Delaware looms in the Delaware River, a powerful reminder of First State history. In the mid-19th century, it was the country's largest defense fort, holding as many as 12,500 Confederate prisoners at a time. It was used briefly in World War II, before being decommissioned in 1944.


The Fort Delaware Society, a group of advocates concerned with refurbishing the landmark, was created in 1950. By 1951, Fort Delaware had undergone sufficient replenishment to earn "State Park" status. For the last 40 years, Fort Delaware has been open to the general public as a museum and for tours.


Join DelawareTonight, as we explore Fort Delaware. Come behind the granite and stone walls, and learn the history of the fort, and the secrets of the soldiers it guarded.