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Near Wood Mill in New Castle County, Delaware — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Robert Kirkwood, Jr.

 
 
Robert Kirkwood, Jr. Marker image. 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
The Kirkwood Library image. Click for full size.
By Stephen J Duncan, September 17, 2011
2. The Kirkwood Library
St. Clair's Defeat on November 4, 1791.
 
Erected 2011 by Delaware Public Archives. (Marker Number NC-34.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Patriots & PatriotismWar, US Revolutionary. In addition, it is included in the Delaware Public Archives series list.
 
Location. 39° 42.637′ N, 75° 40.74′ W. Marker is near Wood Mill, Delaware, in New Castle County. Marker is on Kirkwood Highway (Delaware Route 2) 0.1 miles east of Pike Creek Rd, on the right when traveling east. 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. Although having a Wilmington 19808 address, it is close to where Newark 19711 begins along Kirkwood Highway. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 6000 Kirkwood Hwy, Wilmington DE 19808, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
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˝ miles away); Original Site of the White Clay Creek Presbyterian Church (approx. 1.6 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
Robert Kirkwood, Jr. Marker image. Click for full size.
By Stephen J Duncan, September 17, 2011
3. Robert Kirkwood, Jr. Marker
(approx. 1.7 miles away); Delcastle (approx. 2.3 miles away); Meeteer House (approx. 2.4 miles away); Marshallton (approx. 2.4 miles away).
 
Another view of the library image. Click for full size.
By Stephen J Duncan, September 17, 2011
4. Another view of the library
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 30, 2020. It was originally submitted on September 17, 2011, by Stephen J Duncan of Wilmington, Delaware. This page has been viewed 1,404 times since then and 5 times this year. Last updated on February 9, 2020, by Carl Gordon Moore Jr. of North East, Maryland. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 17, 2011, by Stephen J Duncan of Wilmington, Delaware. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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