DELAWARE AT GETTYSBURG
The First and Second Delaware Infantry Regiments arrived on the battlefield
early on July 2 and took positions in the Federal line along Cemetery Ridge.
That day, both units distinguished themselves in fierce fighting. The First
defended the Bliss Farm, and the Second helped to hold the Wheatfield against
the Confederate attempt to turn the Federal left flank. On July 3, the two
regiments played key roles in repulsing Lee's assault. They each lost nearly a
quarter of their men at Gettysburg and were commended for distinguished service.
Three soldiers received the Medal of Honor. One for heroism under fire and two
for the capture of regimental colors. On July 5, The First and Second Delaware,
with the Army of the Potomac, left Gettysburg in pursuit of Lee's army.
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This memorial is dedicated to all Delawareans
Who fought at Gettysburg both Union and Confederate