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.
|June 12 to
|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|
|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|
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 The ammunition of the Brigade having been exhausted, it was withdrawn and occupied a position a short distance north of this point, in support of Battery K, 1st U.S. Artillery.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.|
|January 20-24||Mud March|
|April||Attached to 4th Brigade, 1st Division, 2nd Army Corps|
|April 27-May 6||Chancellorsville Campaign|
The regiment was commanded by Lieutenant Colonel Strickler.
|June 11-July 24||Gettysburg Campaign|
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|
|May||At and near Stevensburg|
|February 6-7||Demonstration on the Rapidan|
|May 3-June 15||Campaign from the Rapidan to the James|
Lieutenant Colonel Stricker and Captain John Evans 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|
|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|