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3rd Delaware Infantry

Organized: Camden, DE; mustered in 5/15/1862
Disbanded/Mustered out: 6/3/1865

 

Commanding Officers at Antietam:
  Maj. Arthur Maginnis
  Capt. William J. McKaig

 

This Regiment's Chain of Command:
  Army - Army of the Potomac
  Corps - Twelfth (XII) Army Corps
  Division - 2nd Division, XII Corps
  Brigade - 3rd Brigade, 2nd Division, XII Corps


Unit history

SERVICE.--Defense of Harper's Ferry, W. Va., May 28-30, 1862. Operations in the Shenandoah Valley until August. Battle of Cedar Mountain August 9. Pope's Campaign in Northern Virginia August 16-September 2. Sulphur Springs August 23-24. Groveton August 29. Bull Run August 30. Sulphur Springs August 30. Chantilly September 1. Maryland Campaign September 6-22. Battles of South Mountain September 14. Antietam, Md., September 16-17. Duty at Frederick, Md.; Relay House, Md., and Elysville, Md., guarding R. R., and garrison duty in Middle Dept. until May, 1864. Ordered to Join Army of the Potomac in the field May, 1864. Rapidan Campaign May 29-June 15. Totopotomoy May 29-31. Cold Harbor June 1-3. Before Petersburg June 16-18. Siege of Petersburg June 16, 1864, to April 2, 1865. Mine Explosion, Petersburg, July 30, 1864 (Reserve). Weldon R. R. August 18-21. Poplar Springs Church September 29-October 2. Boydton Plank Road, Hatcher's Run, October 27-28. Warren's Raid on Weldon R. R. December 7-12. Dabney's Mills, Hatcher's Run, February 5-7, 1865. Appomattox Campaign March 28-April 9. Lewis Farm, near Gravelly Run, March 29. Boydton and White Oak Roads March 30-31. Five Forks April 1. Fall of Petersburg April 2. Pursuit of Lee April 3-9. Appomattox Court House April 9. Surrender of Lee and his army. March to Washington, D.C., May 1-12. Grand review May 23. Mustered out June 3, 1865.

On the Antietam Campaign

"[At Antietam] There were present but five line officers, and, by order of Major Arthur Maginnis, commanding, the regiment was divided into four companies of 30 men each, one company being afterward detached as skirmishers. Our regiment, the left of the brigade, occupied a woods about 250 yards from the rebel line of battle, Baker's California [71st PA Inf.] regiment on our left and partially in front. We lay in this position for about four hours, under a continuous shower of shell and musketry, firing as occasion offered by the advance or retreat of the rebels ..."
(from Day)

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Battlefield Tablets for this Unit

Tablet #120: Army of the Potomac - 17 Sep, 5 AM to 17 Sep, 12 PM
Tablet #114: Goodrich's Brigade, Greene's Division - 17 Sep, 6 AM to 17 Sep, 10 AM
Tablet #27: Twelfth Army Corps - 17 Sep, 6 AM to 17 Sep, 12 PM
Tablet #113: Goodrich's Brigade, Greene's Division - 17 Sep, 6 AM to 17 Sep, 9 AM
Tablet #20: Goodrich's Brigade, Greene's Division - 17 Sep, 6 AM to 17 Sep, 9 AM

References & Notes

Source: Dyer, Frederick H., A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion, Des Moines, Iowa, 1908

We have 9 individuals in the AotW database for this unit:

 

Co. Rank Name Casualty? Details*
DCaptDay, Levin Bevins        We have some details for this person
FPvtArdis, Richard MWIA   09/17
FPvtHartus, Richard Died   12/20     We have some details for this person
FCaptMcKaig, William J        We have some details for this person
GPvtLank, W. Died   12/26     We have some details for this person
HPvtLofland, Joshua Died   01/12     We have some details for this person
HPvtShilling, John         We have some details for this person
F&SMajMaginnis, Arthur WIA   09/17
UnkCorpGannon, William Died   10/14

 

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