History comes alive for the whole family with Living History Days at the New-York Historical Society! Do you want to know what life was like in the 18th century? Please join us as re-enactment troops and Living History actors recreate the world of Revolutionary America. Living History Days will feature appearances by troops of the Colonial, Loyalist, British and Hessian armies and, on select days, actors portraying Revolutionary heroes, including George Washington, Benjamin and Deborah Franklin, and the Marquis de Lafayette. Living History Days are produced in conjunction with the exhibition Revolution! The Atlantic World Reborn.
Living History Days are free with Museum admission.
Speaker & Group Bio(s)
Congress commissioned Sheldon’s Horse, The Second Continental Light Dragoons under the command of Colonel Elisha Sheldon on December 12, 1776 at the direct recommendation of General George Washington. From March 1777 until January 1781 the regiment consisted of six troops drawn mostly from Connecticut, as well as men from Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York. The first action occurred when Captain Epaphras Bull and Lieutenant Thomas Young Seymour led a portion of the Second Dragoons at the battles at Trenton and Princeton, NJ. Elements of the regiment later saw combat at Woodbridge, Brandywine, Germantown and Kingston, among many others.
In 1781, Sheldon's Horse became the first American unit to conduct a combined combat operation with the French allies in Tarrytown, NY. Rochambeau's staff considered Sheldon's Horse, Second Continental Light Dragoons as “…incontestably the best on the continent…”
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