Harriet Delafield Antique Hand Written Travel Diary Journal 1876-1877 Europe For SaleWelcome! Up for sale we have an Antique Travel Diary of Harriet Cecil Delafield (Shipman) of her trip abroad from Nov 26, 1876 to Jul 25, 1877. This is a delightful journey full of wonderful details of almost daily adventures and travels between Liverpool & London England -Paris France and Rome Italy including Ireland too... and more. Also included are 3 clippings of funeral notices cut directly from newspapers about Harriet Cecil Delafield Shipman. There is also a name on a piece of paper that appears to be "Proff. Mayne" Radcliffe University Oxford and pg 14 of a letter that is not of the same hand as the journal, but it was with it so it may hold some significance. We have scanned in several pages of the journal for you to read and enjoy... She traveled to many wonderful places that no longer even exist today such as the Crystal Palace and many ruins and hotels along the way. She is a magnificent writer and most days conveys the everyday wonders of travel of the late 1800's just beautifully. Appx 134 pages. If you have any questions feel free to ask, and if you have anything to contribute, please do so. We have done some research on Harriet Cecil Delafield and have found that she is a daughter to Major General Richard Delafield of the Civil War. Marjor General Delafield is a well know civil war General and was a prominent engineer for the Army. Both President Grant and General Sherman were bedside at his death.Here are some excerpts from the web about the Delafield family... Delafield (September 1, 1798 – November 5, 1873) served as superintendent of the United States Military Academy, was Chief of Engineers, and was a major general in the Union Army during the American Civil War.
Delafield, born in New York City, New York, was the first graduate of the United States Military Academy to receive a merit class standing, ranking first in the class of 1818. Commissioned in the Corps of Engineers, he was a topographical engineer with the American commission to establish the northern boundary under the Treaty of Ghent.
He served as assistant engineer in the construction of Hampton Roads defenses from 1819–1824 and was in charge of fortifications and surveys in the Mississippi River delta area from 1824-1832. While superintendent of repair work on the Cumberland Road east of the Ohio River, he designed and built Dunlap's Creek Bridge in Brownsville, Pennsylvania, the first cast-iron tubular-arch bridge in the United States. Appointed superintendent of the Military Academy after the fire in 1838, he designed the new buildings and the new cadet uniform that first displayed the castle insignia. He superintended the construction of coast defenses for New York Harbor from 1846-1855.
In 1855, Delafield formed the Delafield Commission, and was sent by the Secretary of War, Jefferson Davis, to Europe, including the Crimea, to observe the European military. The commission also included officers George B. McClellan and Alfred Mordecai. They served as military observers at the Siege of Sevastopol during the Crimean War.
Delafield served as superintendent of the Military Academy again from 1856-1861. He was in charge of New York Harbor defenses (1861–64) and Chief Engineer from 1864 until his retirement in 1866.
Delafield died in Washington, D.C. The Secretary of War ordered that 13 guns be fired in his memory at West Point. He is buried at Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn, New John Delafield (1748-1824)
Mother: Ann Hallett (1766-1839)
- Helen Summers (????-1824) married 2 Jun 1824 in New York, New York, died 1824
- Harriet Baldwin Covington(1811-1894) married 2 Jun 1833 in New York, New York, born 1811 in Kentucky, died 14 Dec 1894
- Susan Parish Delafield 1836-1896) born 1836 in Pennsylvania, died 1 Jun 1896 in New York, New York
- Juliet Covington Delafield (1837-????) born 29 Sep 1837 in Washington DC
- Emma Delafield 1840-????) born 29 Sep 1840
- Laura Delafield (1843-1886) born 5 Jul 1843 in New York, died 20 Nov 1886
- Albert Delafield (1846-1920) born Mar 1846 in Staten Island New York, died 1920 in New York, New York
- Harriet Cecil Delafield (1849-1882) born 9 Aug 1849 Fort Richmond, New York, died 7 Jun 1882 in New York, New York
Here is an excerpt of her funeral notice...
Harriet Cecil Delafield, born August 9, 1849,
at Fort Riclmiond,
Staten Island, New York, died at the residence of her mother,
6 West Eighteenth street. New York City, June 7, 1882; mar-
ried, November 18, 1880, at Calvary Church, New York City,
Edgar J. Shipman, and had issue an only child, Richard Dela-
field Shipman, born May 17, 1882, at 6 West Eighteenth street.
New York City
Overall Condition is Good for its age... There is obvious wear and signs of use to the ox blood red soft leather cover. The inside pages are bright and clean.
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