How to be a Soldier

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In 1776, the Delaware Legislature provided these very specific instructions for enlisting men in the American army

How to be a Soldier

Delaware provided some of the most effective fighting units in the Continental Army during the American Revolution. Soldiers from Delaware fought in almost every major battle of the war from 1776 to 1781. In addition, many of these troops did not receive their pay for years while marching thousands of miles in the cause of freedom. Because of their excellent reputation on the battlefield, Delaware units were often given the most difficult tasks to accomplish.

The Delaware Military Archives is an artificial collection of records of Delaware military activities from 1744 to 1827. This collection includes muster in and out rolls, correspondence, clothing issued, troop recruitment, payroll and pension information.