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[489] columns could arrive and open the battle. Cutler's brigade was the first infantry to arrive, and General Cutler states officially that the 56th was the first regiment of his brigade to open fire.1

Delaware.--Though one of the smallest States in the Union, Delaware furnished more men and money, in proportion to its military population, than any other State.

The 1st Delaware Cavalry was not a full regiment, but a battalion of seven companies, and in 1864 it served, dismounted, in the Sixth Corps. The Delaware Heavy Artillery consisted of one company only — Ahl's Independent Company. The State furnished, also, an infantry company — Stirling's — which enlisted in August, 1864, for one year; and a company of cavalry — Milligan's — which enlisted in July, 1864, for thirty days.

Maryland.--Over 40,000 Marylanders followed the “old line bugle, fife, and drum” into the Union ranks. Including colored troops, the State furnished 46,638 men for the Union Armies, and paid commutation for 3,678 more,--a total of 56,316.

1 Hist. Penn. Vols: S. P. Bates.

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