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The Deadly History Of This Delaware Prison Is Terrifying But True

When Fort Delaware was built in 1859, it was intended to be a harbor defense stronghold on the Delaware River, protecting the ports of Wilmington and Philadelphia. At the time, it was the largest fort in the United States and it was a true architectural marvel. Much like it does today, it sat on Pea Patch Island, a boat ride away from any other land.

When the nation erupted into the Civil War just a few years later, Fort Delaware quickly became a prison for Confederate captives. The size, location and modernity of the fort were all given as reasons why Fort Delaware should be the place to host these prisoners of war. As the war raged on, more and more young soldiers were sentenced to time at Fort Delaware, and the stories that have survived this dark time will give you chills.

Did you know about the terrifying history of Fort Delaware? I find it absolutely fascinating, and heartbreaking. No wonder these soldiers still haunt the fort to this day! If you want to read about another famous Delaware haunting, check out the story of the partying ghosts of Woodburn – at the very least, it might cheer you up.

Kim Magaraci
Kim Magaraci is a freelance writer in the tri-state area who spends all of her time running around in circles so that her dog Wilco can have a better life. She loves all things Delaware and Philly... except scrapple. Contact: kmagaraci@onlyinyourstate.com