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Thu, Apr 25


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Brown Bag Lunch: Sheldon's Horse

Eric Chandler of Past Presented returns to tell us about "Sheldon's Horse" 2nd regiment Continental Light Dragoons who will be coming to the Homestead for demonstrations and more on Saturday, April 27. BYO lunch and we'll provide dessert and drinks!

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Brown Bag Lunch:  Sheldon's Horse
Brown Bag Lunch:  Sheldon's Horse

Time & Location

Apr 25, 2024, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

The Barn, 19 Stephen Mather Rd, Darien, CT 06820, USA

About the event

Sheldon’s Horse” 2nd Regiment Continental Light Dragoons - Connecticut’s Revolutionary War Cavalry - “Washington’s Eyes” & “Watchdogs of the Highlands”

Many people are unaware that the first commissioned cavalry in the history of the United States Army was formed in, and consisted largely of men from Connecticut. Commissioned by the hand of General George Washington on December 12, 1776, “Sheldon’s Horse” is credited with playing a key role in helping to win the American War for Independence.

“Sheldon’s Horse” is the only regiment in the Revolutionary War to achieve victories on horse, on foot and at sea. It also formed the basis of the Culper Spy Ring, General Washington’s most successful operation of the war.

Sound “Boots and Saddles” and ride along with “Sheldon’s Horse” in the hoof-prints of history.

Presenter bio:

Eric Chandler is retired from a 30+ year career as an underwriter for a leading land title insurance company. He has been involved in American Revolutionary War Living History since 1974. He has portrayed infantry, light infantry, whale-boat raider, and mounted and dismounted dragoons. He is currently serving his fourth term as a member of the Norwalk Historical Commission, sits on the Norwalk Historical Society Board of Directors as well as the Board of Directors for the recreated Sheldon’s Horse, 2nd Regiment Continental Light Dragoons for which he also serves as lieutenant and adjutant.

His artistic endeavors included writing and recording a non-selling comedy CD, and decades as a musician playing Saxes in area Rock & Roll and Blues bands. To his credit, or shame, he had his likeness used in an issue of MAD Magazine. Eric is enjoying retirement with his wife Catherine, taking classes, giving lectures on historical topics and continuing to live history.


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