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3rd Delaware Infantry

 
 
3rd Delaware Infantry Monument image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, March 29, 2008
1. 3rd Delaware Infantry Monument
Inscription.
Delaware
3rd Delaware Volunteers
Major Arthur MaGinnis
3rd Brigade, 2nd Division, XII Corps
This regiment, worn down from active
service in the second Manassas Campaign,
went into action Sept. 17, 1862 with only
five officers and 120 men. It started
out on the right of the Union line in
front of the West Woods. After heavy
action along the Hagerstown Pike, it
helped repulse Confederate counter attack
following rout of Sedgwick's Division.
Final position of the regiment, 65 yards
North of this point.

Losses Officers - Killed 1 - Wounded 2
Men - Killed 5 - Wounded 9
Total 17 of 125 engaged

Erected by
Delaware Civil War Centennial Commission
May 30, 1964

 
Erected 1964 by Delaware Civil War Centennial Commission.
 
Location. 39° 28.742′ N, 77° 44.971′ W. Marker is near Sharpsburg, Maryland, in Washington County. Marker is on Dunker Church Road / Old Hagerstown Pike, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Located at stop five of the driving tour of Antietam Battlefield, near the Philadelphia Brigade monument. Marker is in this post office area: Sharpsburg MD 21782, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other
3rd Delaware Infantry Monument image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, September 19, 2015
2. 3rd Delaware Infantry Monument
markers are within walking distance of this marker. Philadelphia Brigade Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); "Back Boys, For God's Sake Move Back;" (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Onward Rush to Victory or Defeat (about 300 feet away); Philadelphia Brigade Park (about 300 feet away); Brigadier General William E. Starke (about 300 feet away); Baltimore Battery (about 400 feet away); a different marker also named The Baltimore Battery (about 400 feet away); Brockenbrough’s 2nd Baltimore, Maryland Battery (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sharpsburg.
 
Regarding 3rd Delaware Infantry. Describing the battle in the official report, Captain Levin Day wrote, ...Major Maginnis was wounded, and we retreated in good order under command of Captain William J. McKaig. We formed in a field to the rear of our former position, from which we again retreated obliquely to the left and rear, coming into position by a 12-pounder battery, which immediately opened on the enemy. Out of range of the rebel guns, we reposed here until the engagement ceased. Both officers and men behaved with coolness and bravery, and it would be invidious to mention individual cases. (Submitted on April 20, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
 
Also see . . .  3rd Delaware Infantry Monument
3rd Delaware Infantry Monument in the Field near the West Woods image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, March 29, 2008
3. 3rd Delaware Infantry Monument in the Field near the West Woods
. National Park Service page detailing the monument. (Submitted on April 20, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
3rd Delaware Infantry Monument image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, September 19, 2015
4. 3rd Delaware Infantry Monument
3rd Delaware Defends the Northeast Corner of the West Woods image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, April 6, 2008
5. 3rd Delaware Defends the Northeast Corner of the West Woods
The 3rd Delaware, reduced in number from a hard season of campaigning, defended this sector of the West Woods as Sedgwick's Division was falling back to the Cornfield. In this view, looking north from near the monument location, the West Woods are on the left. On the right distance are the New Jersey, Massachusetts, and Indiana State Monuments, and the 124th Pennsylvania Monument at the southwest corner of the Cornfield. Starke Avenue runs from left to right in the distance. The Regiment conducted a fighting retreat "in good order" to the northeast, over what is now Starke Avenue, toward the high ground north of the Cornfield.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 21, 2017. This page originally submitted on April 20, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 835 times since then and 35 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on April 20, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   2. submitted on October 16, 2015, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.   3. submitted on April 20, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   4. submitted on October 16, 2015, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.   5. submitted on April 20, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
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