Haslet's Delaware Regiment

The Delaware Regiment was approved by the Continental Congress in 1776 and commanded by Colonel John Haslet. With the death of Col. Haslet at the battle of Princeton in 1777, David Hall was made Colonel and commander of the Regiment, followed by Kirkwood in 1780. The Regiment has a long battle record, and participated in long marches up and down the Eastern coast. Engagements included Long Island, White Plains, Mamaronek, Trenton, Brandywine, German town, Monmouth, Camden, Cowpens, Guilford Courthouse, Hobkirk’s Hill, Ninety-Six, Eutaw Springs, and Yorktown. The Delaware earned unstinted praise for steadfastness and valor. Captain Enoch Anderson tells us “Let it be observed here, once and for all, the Delaware Regiment was never broken, no, not in the hottest fire!” General Henry Lee declared, “No Regiment in the Army surpasses it in soldiership!” Their enemies knew the Delawares as “The Regiment Sterling”. Contemporary chronicles acclaimed the Delaware Regiment as the most efficient in the Continental Army.