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Dover in Kent County, Delaware — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Dover Light Infantry

Kent County, Delaware Militia

 

1776-1777

 
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By Nate Davidson, July 13, 2008
1. Dover Light Infantry Marker
Inscription. The Light Infantry Company of Dover, a part of the 1st Battalion of Kent County, mustered in on 2 April 1776. Each militia volunteer was uniformly armed, equipped, and wore a standard military coat of green faced with red lapels, cuffs, and collar. From 14 December 1776 to 14 January 1777, Captain Thomas Rodney, youngest brother to Declaration of Independence signer Caesar Rodney, and his light infantry company responded to General George Washington's Call to Arms for militia during the darkest days of the American Revolution. Members of the company who volunteered for this perilous mission marched from Dover, crossed the Delaware River into New Jersey, and as part of Brigadier General John Cadwalader's Pennsylvania Brigade, played key military roles in Washington's decisive victories against British and Hessian forces at the Second Battle of Trenton, and the Battle of Princeton. For distinguished service, Washington appointed the Light Infantry Company of Dover "to be his own guard." This memorial is dedicated in remembrance of these patriots who served "in the Defense and Protection of American Liberty."
 
Erected 2008 by Delaware Public Archives.
 
Location. 39° 9.463′ N, 75° 31.15′ W. Marker
Members of the Dover Light Infantry image. Click for full size.
By Nate Davidson, July 13, 2008
2. Members of the Dover Light Infantry
is in Dover, Delaware, in Kent County. Marker is on Liberty Street just from Duke of York Street. Click for map. Located behind Legislative Hall, near Duke of York Street. Marker is in this post office area: Dover DE 19901, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Delaware Regiment (within shouting distance of this marker); The Bayonets of the Revolution (within shouting distance of this marker); Battles and Engagements of the Delaware Regiment (within shouting distance of this marker); The Delaware Continentals (within shouting distance of this marker); Bioretention (within shouting distance of this marker); The Congressional Medal Of Honor (within shouting distance of this marker); The First State Heritage Park of Dover (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Legislative Hall - Delaware's Capitol Building (about 400 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Dover.
 
Categories. Colonial EraPatriots & PatriotismWar, US Revolutionary
 
Dover Light Infantry Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, October 17, 2012
3. Dover Light Infantry Marker
Dover Light Infantry Marker at Legislative Hall - Delaware's Capitol Building Northeast lawn image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, October 17, 2012
4. Dover Light Infantry Marker at Legislative Hall - Delaware's Capitol Building Northeast lawn
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Nate Davidson of Salisbury, Maryland. This page has been viewed 920 times since then and 33 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Nate Davidson of Salisbury, Maryland.   3, 4. submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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