IV Regiment of Continental Light Dragoons

Recreated Troop of Fourth Continental Light Dragoons

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IV Regiment of Continental Light Dragoons

The purpose of this Internet Page is to commemorate the patriots of Colonel Stephen Moylan's Fourth Regiment of Continental Light Dragoons that wrote a noteworthy chapter in the history of the United States during the American Revolutionary War from January of 1777 to July of 1783.

Our intent is to fill in the blanks of that noteworthy chapter of history by sharing published and unpublished information about the Fourth Regiment of Continental Light Dragoons and any other unit or individuals that served with the Regiment or fought against it.

From our accumulations of historical material, and information submitted by other interested persons, we endeavor to document the adventures, misadventures and sacrifices of the regiment, the troops and detachments as identified in countless historical notes, testaments and oral histories of the families of known Officers and men of the Fourth Regiment of Continental Light Dragoons.



Elements of the Fourth Continental Light Dragoons were detached to all Continental Field Generals and participated in almost every major and many minor engagements in the war from 1777 to the end of the war in 1783. The 4th Dragoons had the honor to serve in both the Northern and Southern Campaigns of the Revolutionary War. The entire regiment or elements (a squadron, a troop or detachments) of the regiment are cited as serving in the following actions or being stationed at the following places at the dates indicated.
See the letter from General Washington to Colonel Moylan that put the 4th Dragoons in the History Books. 


  Date/Time period   Location or Place of the action   Officer in Charge or cited
  June 24, 1777   Woodbridge, New Jersey   Col Moylan
  June 28, 1777   Short Hills, New Jersey   Col Moylan
  Sept 11 - 15, 1777   Brandywine, Chad's Ford, MD   Col Moylan
  October 4, 1777   Germantown, Pennsylvania   Col Moylan
  Winter 1777-78   Cantonment at Valley Forge & Trenton, NJ   Col Moylan
  May 20, 1778   Batle at Barren Hill, Whitemarsh, Penna   Gen Lafayette
  June 28, 1778   Monmouth Courthouse, New Jersey   Col Moylan
  Winter 1778-79   Cantonment at Durham, Connecticut   Col Moylan
  1779 Campaign   Stationed at Pound Ridge, New York   Col Moylan
  July 11, 1779   British Raid on Norwalk, Connecticut   Col Moylan
  August 8, 1779   Raid on Lower Salem, New York   LtCol White
  Winter 1779-80   Cantonment at Colchester, Connecticut   Col Moylan
  April-May 1780   Loss of Charleston, South Carolina   Gen Lincoln
  June 23, 1780   Battle of Springfield, NJ   Col Moylan
  July 4, 1780   Little Falls, NJ   Col Moylan
  July 20, 1780   The Cow Chase at Bull's Ferry, NJ   Capt Zebulon Pike
  Winter 1780-81   Cantonment at Lancaster, Pennsylvania   Capt Fauntleroy
  Aug 1780 - Jan 1781   Carolinas Campaign of   William Washington's Legion
  January 18, 1781   Cowpens, South Carolina   W Washington's Legion
  March l9, 178l   Guilford Court House   Capt Cook
  Jan-Sept 1781   Virginia Campaign   Capt Larkin Smith
  July 8, 1781   Green Spring (Jamestown), Virginia   Capt Larkin Smith
  Sept 8, 1781   Eutaw Springs, South Carolina   W Washington's Legion
  October 1781   The siege of Yorktown, Virginia   Col Moylan
  November 1781   4LD to General Green in South Carolina   Major Fauntleroy
  Jan - Aug 1782   Green's re-conquest of South Carolina   Capt Cook, Gill, Heard & Overton
  May-June 1782   Re-conquest of Georgia   Gen Anthony Wayne
  May 21, 1782   Ogechee Road, Georgia (Savannah)   Lt Bower 1LD
  June 21, 1782   Chief Guristersigo's Defeat at Ebeneezer, Georgia   Gen Wayne


America's first National Anthem



This famous song was sung and played widely during the Revolutionary War.
It is believed that it was sung after the battle at Cowpens in South Carolina.
At one time, it was considered for our national anthem.
It was written by one of America's earliest composers,
William Billings,
a New England minister and church music composer.

From the GENERAL ORDERS of Friday, April 18, 1783, footnote #67 reads
April 19th.
At noon the proclamation of Congress for a cessation of hostilities was proclaimed at the door of the New Building,
followed by three huzzas; after which a prayer was made by the Reverend Mr. Ganno,
and an anthem (Independence, from Billings,) was performed by vocal and instrumental music. -- Heath's Memories.
The GW Papers Index entry for this item reads - Billings, William, anthem, 26.337n. 



This Ceremony depicts Revolutionary War Soldier reenactors honoring
Those Who Have Gone Before Us 
The Ceremony included the singing of Chester, the firing of three salute rounds,
The singing of Parting Glass, and the Mourning of Arms (as shown).

Additional verses of Chester are available at this Wikipedia link,
or, if you have some additional material or information to share,


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