“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Newark in New Castle County, Delaware — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

Robert Kirkwood, Jr.

Robert Kirkwood, Jr. Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Stephen J Duncan, September 17, 2011
1. Robert Kirkwood, Jr. Marker
Inscription. Born in 1756, Robert Kirkwood, Jr. spent his youth on the family farm several miles north of Newark. Kirkwood eventually enrolled at the Newark Academy, later to become the University of Delaware. When the American Revolution began, Kirkwood was commissioned first lieutenant in the Delaware Regiment under the command of Colonel John Haslet. He would be promoted to captain in December 1776. In the early years of the war, Kirkwood distinguished himself as a military officer at such battles as Long Island, Brandywine, and Germantown. During the latter part of the war the Delaware Regiment was sent to participate in the southern campaign. Under Kirkwood's steady leadership, the Delaware troops earned a reputation for discipline and hard fighting through their key roles at the battles of Cowpens and Guilford Courthouse. In 1782, he returned to Delaware and married Sarah England. Following his wife's death in 1787, Kirkwood was granted land in the Northwest Territory and moved to southeastern Ohio. Land disputes in the area led to armed conflict between the new settlers and Native Americans. Kirkwood re-entered the army and was killed in action at St. Clair's Defeat on November 4, 1791.
Erected 2011 by Delaware Public Archives. (Marker Number NC-34.)
The Kirkwood Library Photo, Click for full size
By Stephen J Duncan, September 17, 2011
2. The Kirkwood Library
39° 42.637′ N, 75° 40.74′ W. Marker is near Newark, Delaware, in New Castle County. Marker can be reached from Kirkwood Highway (Delaware Route 2) 0.1 miles east of Pike Creek Rd. Click for map. The marker is on the west end of the property of the Kirkwood Library. It is best viewed by parking in the library parking lot. Marker is at or near this postal address: 6000 Kirkwood Hwy., Wilmington DE 19808, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The William Montgomery House (approx. 1.5 miles away); The Judge Morris Estate (approx. 1.6 miles away); Hale-Byrnes House (approx. 1.6 miles away); a different marker also named Judge Morris Estate (approx. 1.7 miles away); Delcastle (approx. 2.3 miles away); Meeteer House (approx. 2.4 miles away); Marshallton (approx. 2.4 miles away); Ebenezer United Methodist Church (approx. 2.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Newark.
Categories. Patriots & PatriotismWar, US Revolutionary
Robert Kirkwood, Jr. Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Stephen J Duncan, September 17, 2011
3. Robert Kirkwood, Jr. Marker
Another view of the library Photo, Click for full size
By Stephen J Duncan, September 17, 2011
4. Another view of the library
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Stephen J Duncan of Wilmington, Delaware. This page has been viewed 945 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Stephen J Duncan of Wilmington, Delaware. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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