Near Sharpsburg in Washington County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
3rd Delaware Infantry
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
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 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 (Submitted on April 20, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
Categories. • War, US Civil •
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