Clyde L. Shipman III Fort Delaware State Park Endowment Fund
Originally built to protect the ports of Wilmington and Philadelphia, Pea Patch Island also became a Union prison camp during the Civil War, housing up to as many as 12,595 Confederate prisoners of war at one time. Manned only briefly during World Wars I and II, the island and fort were finally abandoned and declared surplus property in 1944, when ownership was transferred back to the State of Delaware. Fort Delaware became a state park in 1951.
The Fort Delaware Endowment Fund at the DCF was renamed in 2024 to honor Clyde Shipman’s 30+ years of service to Delaware State Parks.