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Manuscript Group 257, Second Dragoon Regiment, Continental Army

Orderly book, 1782-1783, 0.01 linear feet / 1 volume

Call Number: MG 257


Summary:

Orders, returns, and other records of the 5th Troop of a light dragoon regiment commanded by Major Benjamin Tallmadge.

Gift of John H. Stephens, 1848.

 

Historical Note:

The Second Dragoon Regiment was organized on December 12, 1776 and was the first cavalry regiment directly organized by the Continental army.  The Continental Congress appointed Elisha Sheldon (fl. 1776-1780) lieutenant colonel and commanding officer of the regiment.  He was ordered to enlist six troops to form his regiment at Wethersfield, Connecticut.  One of the first officers chosen by Sheldon was Major Benjamin Tallmadge (1754-1835).  Tallmadge led the fifth troop of the regiment in the battles of Short Hills (1777), Brandywine (1777), Trenton (1776), Saratoga (1777) and White Plains (1776).

Sources

Mark Mayo Boatner III. Encyclopedia of the American Revolution (New York, New York: David McKay Inc., 1966).

www.senate.gov/~dodd/press/Speeches/105_97/0225.htm

 

Provenance Note:

This collection was donated by John H. Stephens in 1848.

 

Scope and Content Note:

This orderly book, kept by the fifth troop of the Second Dragoon Regiment of the Continental Army, dates from 1782 to 1783 and measures 0.01 linear feet. The fifth troop was commanded by Major Benjamin Tallmadge (1754-1835), whose orders are presented in this book. Rules regarding rations are mentioned at great length, as are orders to officers to participate in court martials. A size roll, which indicates soldiers’ physical characteristics and birthplace also appears in this volume.

 

Related Collections:

For other orderly books see:

Manuscript Group 91, First Continental Artillery Regiment Orderly book

Manuscript Group 222, Francis Barber (1750-1783), Officer, Orderly book

Manuscript Group 223, Continental Artillery Brigade Orderly book

Manuscript Group 224, 7th Rifle Regiment of the Pennsylvania Line / Patton's Additional Regiment Orderly book

Manuscript Group 225, Continental Army Artillery Regiment Orderly book

Manuscript Group 226, First New Jersey Continental Regiment Orderly book

Manuscript Group 227, Jersey Brigade Orderly book

Manuscript Group 228, Alexander Scammell (1747-1781), Adjutant General in the Continental Army, Orderly book

Manuscript Group 229, The New Jersey State Troops Military record book

Manuscript Group 230, Nathaniel Heard's Brigade, New Jersey Militia Record book

 

Processed by James Lewis, June 2001 as part of the "Farm to City" project funded by a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

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