Elisha Sheldon: Washington"s first choice to command Continental Cavalry

by Hayes, John T.

Publisher: Saddlebag Press in Fort Lauderdale, Fla

Written in English
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  • Sheldon, Elisha, 1740-1805.,
  • United States. Continental Army -- Cavalry.,
  • Soldiers -- Connecticut -- Biography.,
  • Connecticut -- History -- Revolution, 1775-1783.

Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references (p. 89).

Statementby John T. Hayes.
LC ClassificationsE263.C5 S443 1994
The Physical Object
Pagination89 p. ;
Number of Pages89
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL829952M
LC Control Number95103715

The artillery portion, with 91 officers and men, was short 45 officers and men; Col. Elisha Sheldon's legion had 23 of 32 officers and of men. Rochambeau's French corps added over 5, experienced, professional troops, in 4 two-battalion infantry regiments, 1 legion, 2 companies of miners, 6 artillery companies, and 1 company. On one of his first independent commands, Tarleton was ordered into northern Westchester to capture Major Ebenezer Lockwood and to subdue the Second Connecticut Continental Dragoons, who, under the command of Colonel Elisha Sheldon, were supporting militia operations throughout Westchester.   Washington Crossing the Delaware. Painting by Emanuel Leutze, Twice, General George Washington had led his reduced forces across the Delaware River. The first time occurred on December 8, He was a beaten man. His army was in tatters. Revolutionary War Soldiers Buried in Illinois ©Transcribed by Kimberly Torp, & JACKSON COUNTY Daniel Banow, or Barrow - was born in in Brunswick county, Virginia. He enlisted in Virginia in for three months under Capt. John Williamson in Virginia troops.

George Washington, The Writings of George Washington, vol. V () [] This text-based PDF or EBook was created from the HTML version of this book and is part of the Portable Library of Liberty. Facsimile PDF: To command a regiment of horse and appoint his own officers—Character of officers—Horses and uniforms.   On March 2, , the Continental Congress called for the wealthy men of the states to step forward in the service of their country and raise troops of light cavalry. Each member of a cavalry group would be expected to provide his own provisions, as well as forage for his horse. All other expenses would be paid by the person who raised the cavalry. Calendar of the Correspondence of George Washington Commander in Chief of the Continental Army with the Officers, Vol. II, Octo – December 9, , Library of Congress, , pages , and Records of the Connecticut State Society of the Cincinnati – , Hartford, Connecticut Historical Society, , page The first of these in the public estimation, as declared to me, is designated to be second in command; with some fears, I confess, of the consequences, although I must acknowledge, at the same time, that I know not where a more competent choice could be made.

The 2nd regiment of Continental Light Dragoons was commissioned by Congress in December , with Colonel Elisha Sheldon in command (the regiment was also known as "Sheldon's Horse") and with men recruited largely from Connecticut at first, and then New Jersey and Massachusetts.   I found the first book, The Patriot Witch, to be slow going and hugely flawed. (See my review for that book: Traitor to the Crown: The Patriot Witch). Nevertheless, a year later I forced myself to pick up the second book in the series, A Spell for a Revolution, because I was A) still intrigued by the premise and B) starting to get stubborn Reviews: 8.   George Washington (Febru – Decem ) was an American political leader, military general, statesman, and founding father who served as the first president of the United States from to Previously, he led Patriot forces to victory in the nation's War for presided at the Constitutional Convention of , which established the U.S. . The United States Army Rangers or simply Army Rangers are specialized, elite American light infantry and special operations troops.. US Army Rangers draw strongly on the heritage, traditions and ethos of Rogers' Rangers, but have no lineage back to that current US Army Rangers, the 75th Ranger Regiment, were originally raised for the Korean War.

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GW issued the warrant for $14, to Sheldon on 15 December. On that date GW also issued Sheldon a warrant for $1, “in part for the Expences of part of a Regt of Con[necticu]t L. Horse” and a warrant for $3, 5/72 “for a Regt Con[necticu]t Militia” (Warrant Book No.

2, DLC:GW, ser. 5, vol. 18). The 2nd Continental Light Dragoons, also known as Sheldon's Horse after Colonel Elisha Sheldon, was commissioned by the Continental Congress on Decemand was first mustered at Wethersfield, Connecticut, in March for service with the Continental regiment consisted of four troops from Connecticut, one troop each largely from Massachusetts and New Jersey, and two Allegiance: Connecticut.

When Washington arrived in New York City during the spring of to prepare for an expected British invasion, he focused on the city’s defenses. Among the troops arriving to defend the city was a volunteer militia of Connecticut cavalry commanded by Colonel Elisha Sheldon. Washington refused their offer of a regular mounted unit.

The 2nd Continental Light Dragoons, also known as Sheldon's Horse after Colonel Elisha Sheldon, was commissioned by the Continental Congress on Decem[1] and was first mustered at Wethersfield, Connecticut, in March for service with the Continental regiment consisted of four troops from Connecticut, one troop each largely from Massachusetts and New Jersey, and two.

The 2nd Continental Light Dragoons, also known as Sheldon’s Horse after Colonel Elisha Sheldon, was commissioned by the Continental Congress on Decem and was first mustered at Wethersfield, Connecticut in March for service with the Continental Army. Virginia complied, and in March Bland reenlisted his troops as continentals and reorganized them into a regiment.

35 On 12 December Congress, at Washington's suggestion, directed Sheldon to raise a Continental regiment of light dragoons and appointed him lieutenant colonel commandant of cavalry, a Elisha Sheldon: Washingtons first choice to command Continental Cavalry book equivalent to colonel of infantry.

The Second Regiment of Continental Dragoons was one of the more storied units. They served mostly in Southern Connecticut and New York.

The first commander was Elisha Sheldon and they were sometimes referred to as Sheldon’s Dragoons. They were trained by Major Benjamin Tallmadge who was a celebrated spy for General Washington.

In the Continental Congress took command of the forces of the New England colonies besieging Boston and instituted the first of a series of major reorganizations of the Army.

In reso-lutions of November 4,the Continental Congress authorized the establishment of a Continental Army of 20, men.

Each. Full text of "AMERICAN CAVALRY " See other formats AMERICAN CAVALRY OF THE REVOLUTION by A. Brackett [As found in The Galaxy (magazine), New York, Volume 2, Sept.

-Dec.pp. ] FEELING some interest in the American cavalry which served during the Revolutionary war and which properly belonged to the Continental line, the writer of this article has.

Under the command of Colonel Elisha Sheldon, the Second Dragoons had performed admirably during the Philadelphia campaign and camped in western Connecticut over the previous winter of – Sheldon was temporarily away, so Major Benjamin Tallmadge, one of the Continental Army’s rising, yet enigmatic stars, was in charge of the Second.

In November, Major Elisha Sheldon’s small band of Connecticut cavalry joined Washington’s force and provided decent service until their enlistments expired in December.

By then a troop from Philadelphia had reached the army as had a battalion of Virginia cavalry, which included a young officer who would go on to win renown as “Light Horse.

Appreciating the ability of the 5th Regiment of Connecticut Light Horse Militia, under Major Elisha Sheldon, to gather intelligence during the subsequent retreat of Continental forces into New Jersey, he asked the Continental Congress for a light cavalry force in the Continental army.

The 2nd Continental Light Dragoons, also known as Sheldon's Horse after Colonel Elisha Sheldon, was commissioned by the Continental Congress on Decemand was first mustered at Wethersfield, Connecticut, in March for service with the Continental regiment consisted of four troops from Connecticut, one troop each largely from Massachusetts and New Jersey, and two.

The first thing Washington did was to re-designate the existing troops of light horse. He promoted Lt. Colonel Bland and re-designated the Virginia Light Horse to become the 1st Regiment of Continental Light Dragoons.

Likewise, he promoted Sheldon to command the 2nd Regiment. Issac Bronson (), who had trained for several years and studied medicine with Dr. Lemuel Hopkins in Litchfield, received a warrant as surgeon’s mate (or junior surgeon) at the age of 19 on Novem in The 2nd Regiment of Light Dragoons (a cavalry detachment), commanded by Colonel Elisha Sheldon, in the Connecticut line.

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Sheldon's Horse grew out of a group of Connecticut mounted volunteer militia. The unit, under the command of Col. Elisha Sheldon, volunteered for service early in but was rejected because of. Congress commissioned Sheldon’s Horse, The Second Continental Light Dragoons under the command of Colonel Elisha Sheldon on Decem at the direct recommendation of General George Washington.

In March General Washington established the Corps of Continental Light Dragoons comprised of four regiments, the 1 st commanded by Col. Theodorick Bland; the 2 nd under Col.

Elisha Sheldon; 3 rd under Col. George Baylor and 4 th under Col. Stephen Moylan. Letter, 3 Mayfrom Miller G. Bell (ca. ), Company E, 3rd New Jersey Cavalry, in Washington D.C., to his mother Rebecca T.

Bell (b. ) of Hunterdon County, New Jersey, sending news about himself and the regiment, including new of family and friends; asking for family news; discussing military life, including having to have.

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The Continental Army of was a result of several critical reforms and political decisions that came about. Elisha Sheldon of Lyme Connecticut joined the Continental Army at the outbreak of hostilities under the command of General George Washington. On December 12thGeneral Washington requested that Congress commission Sheldon, and authorize him to raise a cavalry.

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The first time that the Continental Congress considered the issue of.To the north, at Pound Ridge, was a troop of about 90 American cavalry from Connecticut, the 2nd Continental Light Dragoons under Col. Elisha Sheldon. Pound Ridge was also the home of Maj.

Ebenezer Lockwood, a widely respected patriot who served in the New York Provincial Congress.the other cavalry regiments were assembling to spend the winter under the command of Count Casimir Pulaski. After Pulaski resigned because of differences with Washington and with both Colonel Elisha Sheldon and Major Samuel Blagden in New England purchasing supplies for the regiment, Major Tallmadge was left as regimental commander.