Civil War

Diary of Caleb Wickersham

We have an intriguing insight into life in early Pocopson because of diaries maintained by some young Pocopson residents shortly after the township was formed. There was a good deal of writing around the time of the Civil War.  The following is a summary of a diary of Township resident Caleb Wickersham.


Diary of Edward Marshall

Pocopson Township – Historical Diaries


In the mid-1800’s, our community was focused on education, politics and community debate. Resident often attended educational events or “lyceums”. Edward J. Marshall, a teenager from Pocopson Township spoke of such events in his dairy:



  • September 11 . Tuesday – We all went to Chadds Ford to a political meeting – went in the two-horse wagon.  The meeting was very large.  There was about 5 or 6 thousand persons in attendance.