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The 3rd Delaware Volunteer Infantry Regiment lost 7 officers and 46 enlisted men killed or mortally wounded and 2 officers and 80 enlisted men to disease during the Civil War. It is honored by a monument at Antietam.

1862
December 30, 1861 – May 15, 1862 Organized at Camden under the command of Colonel William O. Redden and Lieutenant Colonel Samuel H. Jenkins..
May Ordered to Washington, D.C. and attched to Slough’s Brigade, Defenses of Washington
May 28-30 Defense of Harper’s Ferry attached to Slough’s 2nd Brigade, Sigel’s Division, Dept. of the Shenandoah
June – July Operations in the Shenandoah Valley attached to 2nd Brigade, 2nd Division, 2nd Army Corps, Army of Virginia
August Attached to 3rd Brigade, 2nd Division, 2nd Army Corps, Army of Virginia
August 9 Battle of Cedar Mountain
August 16-
September 2
Pope’s Campaign in Northern Virginia
August 23-24 Sulphur Springs
August 29 Groveton
August 30 Bull Run and Sulphur Springs
September 1 Chantilly
September 6-22 Maryland Campaign. Attached to 3rd Brigade, 2nd Division, 12th Army Corps, Army of the Potomac
September 14 Battle of South Mountain
September 16-17
Battle of Antietam

The regiment was commanded by Colonel Arthur Maginnis until he was wounded. Captain William J. McKaig then took over. Since there were only five line officers on the field the regiment was divided into four companies of 30 men each, one company being detached as skirmishers. It was positioned in a woods about 250 yards from the Confederate lines. laying about four hours under a continuous shower of shell and musketry.

From the monument on the Antietam battlefield:

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 Sedgewick’s Division. Final position of the regiment, 65 yards North of this point.

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

From the first of three War Department markers for Goodrich’s Brigade on the Antietam battlefield:

Goodrich’s Brigade was detached from its Division, when east of Joseph Poffenberger’s, and ordered to the assistance of Doubleday’s Division. It crossed the Hagerstwon Pike near Miller’s, formed in the north part of the West Woods and on the open ground east of them and, supported by Patrick’s Brigade, advanced in the direction of the Dunkard Church. When nearing this point it was stubbornly resisted by the enemy posted in the woods immediately southwest of this, and Colonel Goodrich was mortally wounded. The loss in the Brigade was heavy and it was obliged to retire.

From the second of three War Department markers for Goodrich’s Brigade on the Antietam battlefield:

When nearing the East Woods, early on the 17th, Goodrich’s Brigade was detached from its Division and ordered to the assistance of Doubleday’s Division engaged north of this. The Purnell Legion was detached near D. R. Miller’s and did not participate with its Brigade in the action near this point, but was engaged with its Division west of the Dunkard Church. After the repulse of the Brigade near this point, the 78th New York was detached.

From the last of three War Department markers for Goodrich’s Brigade on the Antietam battlefield:

Goodrich’s Brigade was detached from its Division, and supported Gibbon’s and Patrick’s Brigades of the First Army Corps in the fields and woods west of this point.

October Attached to Defenses of Baltimore, Md., 8th Army Corps, Middle Dept. Duty at Frederick, Maryland., Relay House, Md., and Elysville, Md., guarding the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad
December 6 Colonel Redden resigned after being cited to appear before a Board of Examination, “feeling incompetent, through physical disability, to stand a through examination.” His request to be reinstated later in the month was denied as he was “considered by Brigade, Division, and Corps commanders utterly incompetent.”
1863
January Attached to 3rd Separate Brigade, 8th Army Corps
February 5 Samuel H. Jenkins was promoted to colonel
1864
February 26 Lieutenant Colonel Jenkins was honorably discharged after an “adverse report from a Board of Examination.”
May Ordered to Join Army of the Potomac in the field; attached to 2nd Brigade, 4th Division, 5th Army Corps
May 29-June 15 Rapidan Campaign
May 29-31 Totopotomoy
June 1-12
Battle of Cold Harbor
June 16-18 First Assault on Petersburg
June 16 Siege of Petersburg
July 30 Mine Explosion, Petersburg (Reserve)
August 18-21 Weldon R. R. Attached to 3rd Brigade, 2nd Division, 5th Army Corps
September 29-
October 2
Poplar Springs Church
October 27-28 Boydton Plank Road, Hatcher’s Run
December 7-12 Warren’s Raid on Weldon R. R.
1865
February 5-7 Dabney’s Mills, Hatcher’s Run
March 28-April 9 Appomattox Campaign
March 29 Lewis Farm, near Gravelly Run
March 30-31 Boydton and White Oak Roads
April 1
Battle of Five Forks
April 2 Fall of Petersburg
April 3-9 Pursuit of Lee
April 9
Appomattox Court House

Surrender of Lee and his army.

May 1-12 March to Washington, D.C.
May 23 Grand review
June 3 Mustered out