A Patriot of considerable distinction, Colonel John Haslet was the Commander of Delaware's first Continental Regiment. A native of County Londonderry, Ireland, he emigrated to America in 1757. Haslet was a graduate of the University of Glasgow, and and ordained minister of the Presbyterian Church. He was commissioned as a Captain in the Pennsylvania Militia in 1758, and was a participant in the expedition against Fort Duquesne. He later settled in Delaware and began the practice of medicine. Active in the civil affairs of his newfound home, Haslet was a leading proponent of Independence. In 1775, he was appointed as a colonel by the Continental Congress, and charged with raising the Delaware Regiment. The distinguished service of the regiment in the campaign of 1776 can be largely attributed to his inspirational leadership. With the discharge of the Delawares following the Battle of Trenton, he was attached to the staff of General Mercer. He was by Mercer's side when the General fell at Princeton, and was rallying the troops when he was killed by a British bullet. Noted for his bravery and devotion to the Cause of Liberty, Colonel John Haslet died a hero to his state and nation.
Presented in grateful appreciation by the citizens of the State of Delaware.