.--No State in the Union
has been more conspicuous for its gallantry and loyalty, during the present struggle, than the little Border State of Delaware
When every other Slave State either wavered or broke out into rebellion, she stood firm--“faithful among the faithless.”
When, after the attack upon Fort Sumter
, a call was made for troops, she promptly sent a regiment of militia to Washington
to guard the National
capital, and with equal alacrity responded to the demand of the President
for volunteers to put down the rebellion.
The regiment designated upon the Army Register
as the “Second Delaware,” but more familiarly known among the veterans of the Potomac
as “the Crazy Delawares
,” was the first regiment raised in the State
for three years or during the war. It has been prominent in every general engagement of the grand army
of the Potomac
It is commanded by Colonel William P. Baily
, formerly an officer in the third company of the National Guard, a cool, brave, and experienced officer, who possesses the confidence and affection of his men, and will never disappoint the hopes of his country.
At the battles of Gaines's Mill
, White Oak Swamp
, Peach Orchard
, Savage's Station, Antietam
, and Fredericksburgh
, this gallant regiment, now reduced to about two hundred and fifty effective men, fought with a valor and self-sacrificing devotion that won the applause of the whole army.
It was the last to leave the field at the bloody fight at Gaines's Mill
, and at Fredericksburgh
led the charge of Zook
's brigade, and laid its dead nearer the rebel works than any other regiment.
In this charge Colonel Baily
was wounded by a fragment of a shell which struck him in the breast, fracturing the collar-bone; but we are happy to learn that he is rapidly recovering, and that he will soon rejoin the “Crazy Delawares,” which he has so often led to glorious deeds on the field of battle.--Baltimore American, January 14