George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Benjamin Tallmadge, 1 September 1782

Veal’s Ford Septr 1st 1782


Agreeable to the Genl Orders of the 7th Ulto I beg leave to recommend Serjt Elijah Churchil of the 1st Company of Lt. Infantry, 2d Regt Lt Dragoons to be enrolled in the Book of Merit & to receive the honorary Badge to be conferred for Singularly meritorious Conduct, for the following Reasons—viz.

1st In the surprisse of Fort St George on Long Island on the morning of the 23d of Novr ‘80, Serjt Churchil was in the Advance of the Column under my more immediate Command & [got him] fired on by the Sintinel within ten Yards of the Gate which led within the Stockade, he killed the Sentinel & by that means prevented his shutting the Gate, & which greatly facilitated our Attack upon the [armed] Fort.

2d. In the Surprise of Fort Slongo on Long Island on the morning of the 3d of Octo ‘81 Serjt Churchill was in the Advance Guard, where he again signalized himself by being among the foremost in passing the Abbatis, & getting into the Fort.

His Conduct while On Detachment under my immediate Command, has moreover been uniform & meritorious, & I beg You to recommend him Your Excellency, for such military distinction as his Services may have merited. I am &c.

Bn. Tallmadge


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