An Unsurpassed Soldiery: The Delaware Regiment During the American Revolution, 1776-1783

During the American Revolution, the Delaware Regiment established a record for military discipline, efficiency, and dependability on the battlefield. On Saturday, June 1, at 10:30 a.m. historian Charles (Chuck) Fithian will present a program at the Delaware Public Archives about this legendary military unit. The regiment’s characteristics and combat prowess in many ways reflected developments within the Continental Army as that force became the professionalized military organization Washington sought to create during the course of the war.

While the contours of this regiment’s battle history are generally well-known, other aspects of its history are not. Complex questions such as who composed the enlisted ranks, where did the officers come from, how were the soldiers trained, were African Americans, Native Americans, and women present, how did all these change over time (if they did at all), and how did Delaware veterans fare after the war remain unanswered. Employing a deep social history approach, Mr. Fithian’s research is attempting to answer those and other questions about the regiment’s history. This presentation will offer some of the preliminary findings of this study, and will describe some of the distinctive features of the Delaware Regiment and its service during the War for American Independence.

Mr. Fithian, a resident of Dover, currently serves as an instructor of Anthropology and Archaeology at Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland. For 28 years, Fithian served as the Curator of Archaeology with the Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs. In this position he was responsible for the curation of the archaeological collections of the State of Delaware while directing archaeological and historical research projects, including the research and conservation for the British warship DeBraak. He has also conducted extensive research on 17th century Delaware and the War of 1812.

The program is free to the public and will last approximately one hour. No reservations are required. For more information, contact Tom Summers (302) 744-5047 or e-mail [email protected]

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