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2nd Delaware Infantry Regiment

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2nd Delaware Infantry Regiment
ActiveJune 12, 1861 - July 1, 1864
CountryUnited States
BranchUnited States Army
Union Army
Part of3rd Brigade – 1st Division – II CorpsArmy of the Potomac
4th Brigade – 1st Division – II Corps
3rd Brigade – 2nd Division – II Corps
EngagementsSeven Days Battles
Battle of Antietam
Battle of Fredericksburg
Burnside's Mud March
Battle of Chancellorsville
Battle of Gettysburg
Bristoe Campaign
Mine Run Campaign
Battle of the Wilderness
Battle of Spotsylvania Court House
Battle of Cold Harbor
Siege of Petersburg
Second Battle of Petersburg
Battle of Jerusalem Plank Road
Second Battle of Deep Bottom (2 companies)

The 2nd Delaware Infantry Regiment was an infantry regiment in the Union Army during the American Civil War.


The 2nd Delaware Infantry was organized at Wilmington, Delaware June 12 through October 7, 1861, and mustered in October 17, 1861, for three years' service under the command of Colonel W. Henry Wharton. Companies B, D, and G were recruited in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Company C was recruited in Elkton, Maryland.

The regiment was attached to Dix's Command until June 1862. 3rd Brigade, 1st Division, II Corps, Army of the Potomac, to April 1863. 4th Brigade, 1st Division, II Corps, to June 1864. 3rd Brigade, 2nd Division, II Corps, to July 1864.

The 2nd Delaware Infantry mustered out of service July 1, 1864. Veterans and recruits were transferred to the 1st Delaware Infantry Regiment.

Detailed service[edit]

Moved to Baltimore, Maryland, October 1861. Duty at Baltimore, until June 1862. Expedition through Accomac County November 14–22, 1861. Ordered to join the Army of the Potomac, on the Peninsula, Virginia, June 1862. Seven Days before Richmond June 25-July 1. Savage Station June 27. Battle of Gaines Mill June 27. Peach Orchard and Savage Station June 29. White Oak Swamp and Glendale June 30. Malvern Hill July 1. At Harrison's Landing to August 16. Movement to Fortress Monroe, then Centreville, August 16–30. Covered Pope's retreat from Bull Run August 31-September 2. Maryland Campaign September 6–22. Sharpsburg September 15. Battle of Antietam September 16–17. Moved to Harpers Ferry September 22, and duty there until October 30. Reconnaissance to Charlestown October 16–17. Advance up Loudon Valley and movement to Falmouth, Virginia, October 30-November 17. Battle of Fredericksburg, December 12–15. At Falmouth, Virginia, until April 27, 1863. "Mud March" January 20–24. Chancellorsville Campaign April 27-May 6. Battle of Chancellorsville May 1–5. Gettysburg Campaign June 11-July 24. Battle of Gettysburg July 1–3. Pursuit of Lee to Manassas Gap, Virginia, July 5–24. Duty on line of the Rappahannock and Rapidan until October. Advance from line of the Rappahannock to the Rapidan September 13–17. Bristoe Campaign October 9–22. Auburn and Bristoe October 14. Advance to line of the Rappahannock November 7–8. Mine Run Campaign November 26-December 2. New Hope Church November 29. Mine Run November 28–30. At and near Stevensburg until May 1864. Demonstration on the Rapidan February 6–7. Campaign from the Rapidan to the James May 3-June 15. Battles of the Wilderness May 5–7. Spotsylvania May 8–12. Po River May 10. Spotsylvania Court House May 12–21. Assault on the Salient "Bloody Angle" May 12. North Anna River May 23–26. On line of the Pamunkey May 26–28. Totopotomoy May 28–31. Cold Harbor June 1–12. Before Petersburg June 16-July 1. Jerusalem Plank Road, Weldon Railroad, June 22–23.


The regiment lost a total of 201 men during service; 6 officers and 93 enlisted men killed or mortally wounded, 1 officer and 101 enlisted men died of disease.


  • Colonel W. Henry Wharton - resigned due to illness
  • Colonel William P. Baily - wounded in action at the Battle of Gettysburg, July 2; resigned May 16, 1864, following the Battle of Spotsylvania Court House[1]
  • Lieutenant Colonel David L. Stricker - commanded at the Battle of Antietam while still a captain; commanded at the Battle of Chancellorsville; commanded until wounded in action at the Battle of Gettysburg, July 2, after Col Baily; killed in action at the "Mule Shoe" at the Battle of Spotsylvania Court House
  • Lieutenant Colonel Peter McCullough
  • Captain Charles H. Christman - commanded at the Battle of Gettysburg after Col Baily and Lt Col Strickler left the field

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Division commander Major General Francis Barlow endorsed the request with the underlined notation, "This officer is a coward."


  • Dyer, Frederick H. A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion (Des Moines, IA: Dyer Pub. Co.), 1908.
  • Middleton, Darrell N. The Second Regiment Delaware Volunteers (Georgetown, DE: The Author), 2005.
  • Pickett, John E. The Crazy Delawares: A Short History of the Second Regiment Delaware Volunteers (Middletown, DE: J. E. Pickett), 1995.
  • Report of Joint Committee, to Mark the Positions Occupied by the 1st and 2d Delaware Regiments at the Battle of Gettysburg, July 2d and 3d, 1863 (Dover, DE: Delawarean), 1887.
  • Smith, Robert G. A Brief Account of the Services Rendered by the Second Regiment Delaware Volunteers in the War of the Rebellion (Wilmington, DE: Historical Society of Delaware), 1909.
  • Public Domain This article contains text from a text now in the public domain: Dyer, Frederick H. (1908). A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion. Des Moines, IA: Dyer Publishing Co.

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