Historian Charles “Chuck” Fithian will present a program titled “An Unsurpassed Soldiery: The Delaware Regiment During the American Revolution, 1776-1783” at 10:30 a.m. June 1 at the Delaware Public Archives, 121 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. N, Dover.

During the American Revolution, the Delaware Regiment established a record for military discipline, efficiency and dependability on the battlefield. The regiment’s characteristics and combat prowess in many ways reflected developments within the Continental Army as that force became the professionalized military organization Washington sought to create during the course of the war.

Questions such as who composed the enlisted ranks; where did the officers come from; how were the soldiers trained; were African Americans, Native Americans and women present; how did all these change over time (if they did at all); and how did Delaware veterans fare after the war remain unanswered.

Fithian’s research is attempting to answer those and other questions about the regiment’s history. This presentation will offer some of the preliminary findings of this study and will describe some of the distinctive features of the Delaware Regiment and its service during the War for American Independence.

Fithian serves as an instructor of anthropology and archaeology at Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland. For 28 years, Fithian served as the curator of archaeology with the Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs. In this position, he was responsible for the curation of the archaeological collections of Delaware while directing archaeological and historical research projects, including the research and conservation for the British warship DeBraak. He has also conducted extensive research on 17th century Delaware and the War of 1812.

The program will last about one hour.

For more, call 744-5047 or email thomas.summers@delaware.gov.