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Danbury Museum & Historical Society Event « The New England Anomaly
Whiting was a Danbury resident and was the Adjutant to Colonel Elisha Sheldon, commander of the Second Continental Light Dragoons.
Whiting was a Danbury resident and ...
Whiting was a Danbury resident and was the Adjutant to Colonel Elisha Sheldon, commander of the Second Continental Light Dragoons.Â At the end of the Revolutionary War Major Whiting was in Newburgh, New York with General Washington at the formation of the Society of the Cincinnati.Â The rededication and a libation ceremony will be conducted by the present day Second Continental Light Dragoons.
The memory of Colonel Elisha Sheldon of Litchfield, the
ELISHA SHELDON, Col 2nd Regt ...
ELISHA SHELDON, Col 2nd Regt L.D. Worthington, June 1, 1782 The Connecticut Courant and Weekly Intelligencer, Tuesday, June 18, 1782, No. 908, page 4, column 1.
Captain Joseph R. Walker-1776 page
In time, General George Washington came to recognize the value of this regular mounted establishment and the 2nd Continental Light Dragoons was born under the command of Colonel Elisha Sheldon and came to be known as Sheldon's Horse.
From formation through its reversion to State troop status, Sheldon's
patrolled and skirmished its way through Connecticut, Westchester and Rockland Counties as well as northern New Jersey.
Sheldon's served as advance scouts for the American army and earned the sobriquet "Washington's Eyes".
Under Major Benjamin Talmadge, Sheldon's
also became Washington's ears as Talmadge operated his " Culper" spy ring on Long Island and in New York City.
At the same time Washington ordered Colonel Sheldon to pick 150 of his best men, to junction with two Connecticut regiments just outside West Point.