1st Delaware (ETW Unit)
“Marching regiments” or “line battalions” make up the majority of units in European-style armies. They are so called because they form the line of battle, not because they always deploy in lines. Indeed, over time the capabilities of line infantry should improve as new tactics, drill and weaponry are developed. These soldiers carry muzzle-loading, smooth-bore muskets firing lead balls as wide as a man’s thumb. These are inaccurate weapons, effective only over 200 paces or so and when fired in massed volleys. The ability to fire and reload with machine-like regularity with shot and bullet flying and comrades falling all around is what wins battles.
The 1st Delaware regiment came into being in 1776 under the supervision of Colonel John Halset; they went on to fight in the battle of long island in August of that year. Along with the first Maryland regiment they were able to repel the British, allowing Washington and his troops to make a safe retreat. The Delaware were then forced to make a daring retreat through marshland while escorting 23 prisoners of war. Their action during this battle promoted Washington to appoint them his rear guard when he strategically withdrew his army from Brooklyn to Manhattan.
Recruitable only in Pennsylvania and available only to the United States the 1st Delaware are unique Line Infantry. They possess significantly higher statistics than their Line Infantry counterparts and so can be relied upon in the heat of battle Elite units such as the 1st Delaware should be made best use of by positioning them in the middle of the line in order to maximise the effectiveness of their morale boost.