Welcome! Well, if you are from the State of Delaware here on the east coast of the United States you will quickly learn of the 1st Delaware Regiment and in turn of the Blue Hens. The 1st Delaware Regiment and the Blue Hens date back to the American Revolution where the 3 Lower Counties on the Delaware river of Pennsylvania not only broke away from Great Britain, but also from the State of Pennsylvania.
Prior to declaring independence, the Delaware assembly was requested to form one regiment to the new United States Continental Army. Despite only sending one regiment, the State of Delaware sent their best. The reputation of this regiment became immediately tested in August 1776 and lasted throughout the war as one of, if not the best regiment, in the Continental Army. They were known as the Delaware Blues – they wore blue regimental coats with red facings.
History records that one of the officers of the regiment raised gamecocks and the fierceness of the Delaware Regiment in battle was that of these gamecocks – now known as the Blue Hen. To sum up – you don’t measure the amount of men in the fight. Instead, you measure the amount of fight in the men. These men of the Delaware Regiment exemplified that strong fighting spirit, battle after battle, and, despite their numbers never being more than 800 in action, they were, and still are, held in high regard to military historians. In turn, they, and the Blue Hen, which represents Caldwell, Haslet or Kirkwood (or any leader) and them (the sons of), are of great pride to Delawareans.
So, in honor of these men and the spirit of the Blue Hen is why we have developed this site and the living history group of the 1st Delaware Regiment. There are reenactment units from all over the United States – the States of Delaware, North Carolina, Ohio, and California, that bring the Delaware Regiment back to life and it is without question that it is because of the reputation that has persisted to this day of the fighting spirit of the officers and men of the Delaware Regiment.
Sons of the Blue Hen & Game to the End!
For information on the 1st Delaware Regiment please contact us at info@1stDelawareRegiment.org