Many people are unaware that one of General Washington’s four Congressional commissioned cavalry regiments was raised largely from Connecticut and operated extensively in Fairfield County and across Long Island Sound.
“Sheldon’s Horse” is credited with having played a significant part in the winning of the War of Independence and a key role in revealing Benedict Arnold as a British spy and in the capture of John Andre.
“Sheldon’s Horse” was the first commissioned United States cavalry; executed the first cavalry charge by United States cavalry on American soil; operated the first “pony express” as military couriers; participated in America’s first organized espionage ring; achieved victories on foot, horseback and by boat.
This history presentation will be given by Eric Chandler of Norwalk. He has been a member of the recreated “Sheldon’s Horse” for over 15 years. He has been involved with Revolutionary War Living History since 1974 as a charter member of the 5th Connecticut Regiment, formed in Ridgefield in that year for the Bi-Centennial. He has portrayed infantry, light infantry, whaleboat privateer, and both mounted and dismounted dragoons. He may also have been spy. Come and find out.