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This Civil War muster roll for the First Delaware Infantry Regiment reveals many personal attributes of the soldiers. Note the remarks for each soldier and their place of birth.

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The First Regiment of Delaware Volunteers was organized in New Castle County on July 12, 1861. Equipped with 636 guns provided by the Wilmington City Council, this unit was used for home state defense. The first Regiment remained together until the end of the summer of 1862 when it was disbanded. Many members reenlisted for a term of three years and were allowed to use the name First Delaware Regiment. An interesting section of this document can be found under the handwritten section entitled "Where Born." The section reveals that more members of this unit were born in Europe than the United States.

This document was found in Military Miscellaneous records of the Civil War. This collection also includes quarter master reports on equipment and clothing; muster in and out rolls, morning reports, monthly returns and enrollment books.