A History of the Chesapeake & Delaware Canal

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A thousand hands shaped its banks and a thousand ships have traversed the waters of a canal that defined a region. The Chesapeake and Delaware Canal has both provided an important route between the Chesapeake and Delaware Bays and acted as a secondary and unofficial boundary between the North and South. Yet this historic waterway almost failed before the first shovel struck earth in 1804. Local historian David Berry tells the fascinating story of the C&D Canal, from the tenacious Gilpin family's sixty-year struggle to open the shipway to the canal's role in the Civil War as a vital path for Union troops and supplies to quickly cross the Delmarva and travel down the Chesapeake.
ISBN: 9781596298644
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: Maryland
Series: Landmarks
Images: 60
Pages: 144
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
David Berry has lived and worked in the Lower Susquehanna Valley for a number of years. He's a resident of Havre de Grace, where he teaches sailing and writes. He is published in the Mariner, Sailing magazine and the Baltimore Sun and is the author of two previous books, Maryland Skipjacks and Maryland's Lower Susquehanna River Valley: Where the River Meets the Bay. Berry is a graduate of Muskingum College with a bachelor's degree in psychology and holds a master's in business administration from Miami University.
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