Guide to the Second Dragoon Regiment, Continental Army Orderly Book 1782-1783MG 257

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Descriptive Summary

Historical Note

Scope and Content Note

Restrictions

Access Points

Related Material

Administrative Information

Bibliography

Container List

Orderly Book

Guide to the Second Dragoon Regiment, Continental Army Orderly Book 1782-1783MG 257Inventory prepared 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.

Guide to the Second Dragoon Regiment, Continental Army Orderly Book
1782-1783

MG 257



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Inventory prepared 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.

Finding aid encoded by Julia Telonidis. March 2006. Production of the EAD 2002 version of this finding aid was made possible by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Finding aid written in English.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Second Dragoon Regiment, Continental Army Orderly Book
Dates:1782-1783
Abstract: Orders, returns, and other records of the 5th Troop of a light dragoon regiment commanded by Major Benjamin Tallmadge.
Quantity: .01 linear feet
Collection Number: MG 257

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).

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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.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

There are no access restrictions on this collection.

Photocopying of materials is limited and no materials may be photocopied without permission from library staff.

Use Restrictions

Researchers wishing to publish, reproduce, or reprint materials from this collection must obtain permission.

The New Jersey Historical Society complies with the copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code), which governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions and protects unpublished materials as well as published materials.

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Access Points

The entries below represent persons, organizations, topics, forms, and occupations documented in this collection.
Subject Names:
Sheldon, Elisha, fl. 1776-1780.
Tallmadge, Benjamin, 1754-1835.
Subject Organizations:
United States. Continental Army. Light Dragoons Regiment, 2nd.
Subject Topics:
Courts-martial and courts of inquiry--New Jersey.
Military supplies--New Jersey.
Soldiers--New Jersey.
Subject Places:
New Jersey--History--Revolution, 1775-1783.
United States--History--Revolution, 1775-1783.
Document Types:
Account Books.

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Related Material

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

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

This collection should be cited as: Manuscript Group 257, Second Dragoon Regiment, Continental Army Orderly Book, The New Jersey Historical Society.

Acquisition Information

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

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Bibliography

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

U.S. Senator Chris Dodd. "The 220th Anniversary of the Founding of the U.S. Cavalry (Senate - February 25, 1997). Available at: <http://www.senate.gov/~dodd/press/Speeches/105_97/0225.htm>

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Orderly Book

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