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Delaware military history in Delaware started out with the establishment of the colonial militia early on in the 17th century primarily to fight against assaults from native inhabitants. The applications and significance of Delaware military records in family history research for ancestors who have been veterans are evident but Delaware military records can also be crucial to researchers whose immediate ancestors just weren’t soldiers in any war. A result of the amount of genealogical information and facts covered in a number of Delaware military pension documents they should never be ignored during the research process.

Pensions, military rolls and other records for colonial soldiers in 1744 and militia in 1815 are housed at the Delaware Public Archives. A list of Fort Delaware’s Confederate prisoners can also be found there. Other Civil War records housed at the Delaware Public Archives are listed on the website for the archives. Some of those items include card indexes of volunteers from the Spanish-American War, Civil War and Mexican Border Campaign of 1916 and 1917. Service medal applications from World War I and thousands of records (although not a complete list) of World War II soldiers are also on file at the Delaware Public Archives.

A list of Delaware Civil War soldiers is on microfilm at the National Archives-Mid-Atlantic Region. The Delaware Public Archives has a large collection of lists of deceased soldiers, photographs and letters. Also of genealogical interest is the Historical Society of Delaware’s collection of military material.

Delaware in the Colonial War

Delaware in the Revolutionary War

Delaware in the War of 1812

Delaware in the Civil War

Delaware Modern Wars

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