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Delaware Day at Antietam

Written on: September 14th, 2012 in Research Room

Delaware Memorial at Antietam

Did you know that Monday was “Delaware Day” at the Antietam Battlefield in Sharpsburg, Maryland?  Antietam is remembered as the bloodiest one-day battle of the American Civil War and many of the Delaware troops present were involved in some of the most terrible parts of the battle. 

The Delaware Heritage Commission and the Delaware Public Archives, along with members of the Central Delaware Civil War Roundtable and 2nd Delaware re-enactors held a memorial ceremony at Philadelphia Brigade Park to honor the Delaware troops.  This park features a memorial to the 3rd Delaware Volunteers. The ceremony included a three volley salute by the 2nd Delaware, a wreath laying by the Archives and the Civil War Roundtable, a rendition of Taps, and the reading of  a letter that contained an account of the battle by Colonel John Andrews. Colonel Andrews led the 1st Delaware Volunteers at  Bloody Lane, one of the deadliest areas of the battlefield.

To learn more about Delaware Civil War soldiers you can visit our digital archives. You can also follow the war through the eyes of Cyrus Forwood, a soldier in the 2nd Delaware. 

3 Volley Salute By 2nd Delaware Re-enactors

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