Delaware in the Civil War

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Introduction

Though Delaware contributed 16 military units to the Union Army, the citizens of Delaware were divided in their feelings about the war. Some were for slavery; others were against it, and still others thought it would fade away if left alone.[1]

Delaware Military Units

Most units were numbered, however, some were named. See the table below for lists of the regiments, battalions, batteries, and unassigned companies.


The information in the lists of Delaware Military Units comes from the Civil War Soldiers and Sailors web site. This web site can also be searched by the name of a soldier.

Regiments

  • 2nd Regiment, Delaware Infantry
    Organized at Wilmington, Del., June 12 to October 7, 1861.
    Mustered out July 1, 1864, expiration of term. Veterans and Recruits transferred to 1st Delaware Infantry.
  • Unassigned Delaware
    "Compendium of the War of the Rebellion" by Frederick H. Dyer contains no history for this unit.


Roster

A roster of Delaware volunteers is given at the end of the following work:

  • Scharf, J. Thomas. History of Delaware, 1609-1888. Two Volumes. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: L.J. Richards, 1888. (Family History Library film 1000154 items 1-2.) Lists place mustered, officers, and casualties.

Service Records

  • An index to compiled Delaware military service records is available at the Family History Library (Family History Library films 881617-20.)

The service records have not been microfilmed yet and are available only at the National Archives. Service records may provide rank, unit, date of enlistment, length of service, age, residence, and death date.

Pension Records

  • Civil War Pension Index Cards - A free Internet index to pension applications of veterans who served in the US Army between 1861-1917 is available on FamilySearch Record Search. Each card gives the soldier’s name, application and certificate numbers, state of enlistment, and might include rank and death information. Other wars, of that time period, may be included.

Other Sources

Hancock, Harold Bell. Delaware During the Civil War : a Political History. (Wilmington, Del. : Historical Society of Delaware, 2003, ©1961.) Libraries with this book

References

  1. Delaware History Museum. Delaware in the Civil War. (accessed 21 January 2011).