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The 2nd Delaware Volunteer Infantry Regiment lost 6 officers and 93 enlisted men killed or mortally wounded and 1 officer and 101 enlisted men to disease during the Civil War.

It is honored by monuments at Antietam and Gettysburg and on the State of Delaware monument at Gettysburg.

1861
June 12 to
October 7
Organized at Wilmington, Delaware under Colonel W. Henry Wharton and Lt. Col. William P. Baily. Four companies were recruited from Maryland and Pennsylvania, with companies B, D and G from Philadelphia and company C from Elkton, Maryland
October 17 Mustered in at Camp Andrews, New Castle
October, 1861 Moved to Baltimore, Maryland and attached to Dix’s Command of the Army of the Potomac
November 14-22 Expedition through Accomac County
1862
June Ordered to join the 3rd Brigade, 1st Division, 2nd Army Corps, Army of the Potomac,
on the Peninsula, Va.
June 25 – July 1
Seven days before Richmond

Colonel Wharton was forced to take medical leave for typhoid fever, and Lieutenant Colonel Baily was eventually also forced to relinquish command for the same reason, leaving Captain David Stricker of Company A in command.

June 27 Savage Station
June 27 Battle of Gaines Mill
June 29 Peach Orchard and Savage Station
June 30 White Oak Swamp and Glendale
July 1 Malvern Hill
July 2 – August 16 At Harrison’s Landing
August 16-30 Movement to Fortress Monroe, thence Centreville
August 31 – September 2 Cover Pope’s retreat from Bull Run
September 6 – 22 Maryland Campaign
September 15 Sharpsburg
September 16-17
Battle of Antietam

The regiment was commanded by Captain David L. Stricker. It lost 12 killed, 44 wounded and 2 missing in fighting around the Sunken Road (Bloody Lane).

From the monument on the Antietam battlefield:

This regiment of Richardson’s reserve brigade crossed Antietam Creek. Advanced with division and came under heavy artillery fire while holding position immediately beyond crest of the ridge. It moved to right and helped repulse counterattack in gap between French and Richardson’s divisions. In final assault on Bloody Lane, the regiment crossed here and took possession of Piper Farm buildings until ordered to retire.

From the brigade marker at Antietam:

Brooke’s Brigade formed the reserve of Richardson’s Division.

After checking an attempt of the enemy to gain the right rear of French’s Division near Roulette’s house, it co-operated with Caldwell in his advance across the Bloody Lane and through the cornfield to the south, the advance Regiments driving the enemy from Piper’s barn and outhouses. The ammunition of the Brigade having been exhausted, it was withdrawn and occupied a position a short distance north of this point, in support of Battery K, 1st U.S. Artillery.

September 22 – October 30 Moved to Harper’s Ferry and duty there
October 6 Colonel Wharton resigned due to disability from typhoid. Lt. Colonel Baily was promoted to colonel effective August 22.
October 16-17 Reconnaissance to Charlestown
October 30 – November 17 Advance up Loudon Valley and movement to Falmouth Va.
December 12-15 Battle of Fredericksburg
December 16 At Falmouth, Va.

1863

January 20-24 Mud March
April Attached to 4th Brigade, 1st Division, 2nd Army Corps
April 27-May 6 Chancellorsville Campaign
May 1-5
Battle of Chancellorsville

The regiment was commanded by Lieutenant Colonel Strickler.

June 11-July 24 Gettysburg Campaign
July 1-3
Battle of Gettysburg

Colonel William Baily commanded the regiment until he was wounded on July 2nd in heavy fighting near the Wheatfield. Lieutenant Colonel Stricker was also wounded, so Captain Charles Christman took command. The 2nd brought 280 men to the field and lost 11 killed, 61 wounded and 12 missing. Lieut. H. W. Ottey, Company B, and Lieut. George G. Plank, Company E were both killed on the 2nd. During the fighting Captain Evans of Company A sent in 64 prisoners from the picket line.

July 5-24 Pursuit of Lee to Manassas Gap, Va.
July – October Duty on line of the Rappahannock and Rapidan
September 13-17 Advance from line of the Rappahannock to the Rapidan
October 9-22 Bristoe Campaign
October 14 Auburn and Bristoe
November 7-8 Advance to line of the Rappahannock
November 26 – December 2 Mine Run Campaign
November 29 New Hope Church
November 28-30 Mine Run
1864
May At and near Stevensburg
February 6-7 Demonstration on the Rapidan
May 3-June 15 Campaign from the Rapidan to the James
May 5-7
Battle of the Wilderness
May 8-21
Battle of Spotsylvania Court House

Lieutenant Colonel Stricker and Captain John Evens were killed in the attack on the “Mule Shoe”

May 10 Po River
May 12 Assault on the Salient “Bloody Angle”
May 16 Colonel Baily resigned, with division commander Major General Francis Barlow endorsing the request with the underlined notation, “This officer is a coward.”

Major Peter McCullough was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel.

May 23-26 North Anna River
May 26-28 On line of the Pamunkey
May 28-31 Totopotomoy
June 1-12 Battle of Cold Harbor
June, 1864 Attached to 3rd Brigade, 2nd Division, 2nd Army Corps
June 16-18 Assault on Petersburg
June 22-23 Jerusalem Plank Road, Weldon R. R.
July I Mustered out, expiration of term. Veterans and Recruits transferred to 1st Delaware Infantry